University Of Bedfordshire Volleyball

University Of Bedfordshire Volleyball

BUCS was inaugurated in 2008 as a result of a merger between University College Sport the body which represented the professionals who worked in HE sport and British University Sports Association (BUSA), the organisation which delivered leagues, competitions and events for inter university sports to over 150 member institutions across the entire UK, but our history is much older than that…

February 1918
The Presidents of University Unions conference in Manchester calls for the need to establish an ‘association’ to promote the development of sport at university

28 July 1919
The Inter-Varsity Athletics Board of England and Wales holds its first inter-varsity meeting consisting of nine universities

Association Football, Hockey, Rugby Union and Swimming are added to the events programme

November 1923
The Women’s Inter-Varsity Board (WIVAB) is created to cater for the needs of women students

The University of London provide accommodation for the association’s headquarters

The Universities Athletic Union (formerly the Inter-Varsity Athletics Board) is established. The following year it appoints its first secretary, Captain Evan A Hunter

A compulsory course in Physical Recreation is established for all first year students at university. Informal gatherings of tutors, lecturers and staff begin to discuss the merits of forming an association to represent those responsible for organising physical education, recreation, sport and health for students took place over several years.

The British Universities Sports Board (BUSB) is formed to manage Britain’s student representation at an international level.

The Universities Physical Education Association (UPEA) is formed to represent staff responsible for sport at university.

The British Universities Sports Federation (BUSF) replaces the British Universities Sports Board. Membership of BUSF is open to all universities in the UK and University Colleges of Wales. The Scottish Universities Sports Federation, the University of Wales Athletic Union and the Northern Ireland Universities Sports Committee are corporate members. During this time, colleges and polytechnics are catered for by the British Colleges Sports Association and the British Polytechnic Sports Association