University of Essex Football

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University of Essex Football

University of Essex Football

Essex Blades Men’s Football Club

(*A £35 membership fee is required to become a part of the Essex Blades Men’s Football Club. This is a one-off payment and will cover weekly training sessions, kit, equipment & transport costs. Football is one of the few Essex Blades clubs that take part in a local league competition on weekends as well as playing in BUCS on a Wednesday, meaning it costs a lot more to run than other sports clubs and requires some student funding. Please do not pay your Football Club membership until after the trials when you have been allocated a team.)

There will be a £2 fee per person to trial for the Men’s Football club on Sunday 9th October 2016. This is simply to cover the costs of refreshments and facility hire. Head to the ‘What’s on’ to book your place, or click the relevant link below:

Trial 1 – 11am-1pm (for those living in Keynes, Rayleigh, Tawney, William Morris, Wolfson Court, the Houses and all South Courts)BOOK HERE

Trial 2 – 1:30pm-3:30pm (for those living in Meadows, Quays, Bertrand Russell, Eddington, off-campus, as well as 2nd and 3rd years)BOOK HERE

Men’s football is one of the biggest clubs on campus and is the largest sole gender club.

Our teams train on Mondays and Thursdays and play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Football four times a week!

We have 5 teams at Colchester which allows us to cater for a wide range of abilities, with the 1st team competing in the second tier of BUCS, a very good standard.

All of our teams compete in highly competitive BUCS leagues, 4 of them in the local Saturday leagues as well:

1st team: BUCS South Eastern 1A and Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division.

2nd team: BUCS South Eastern 2B and Essex & Suffolk Border League Division 1.

3rd team: BUCS South Eastern 4D and Colchester & East Essex Football League Premier Division.

4th team: BUCS South Eastern 5B.

5th team: BUCS South Eastern 7B.


However the club is not just about football, the social aspect of the club is huge and members will make a lot of new friends which will last throughout their university life. The club has a real community feel and welcomes anyone who would like to get involved in sport at university.

Regular meeting times, socials, events

Freshers Week: Come and try sessions will be on Tuesday the 4th of October 1pm-3pm and Thursday the 6th of October 1pm-3pm. on the grass pitches – Meet the captains and the football committee this year and have a casual kickabout, also useful if you can’t attend the trial on Sunday.


–TRIALS– The trial is split into two sessions on Sunday the 9th of October.

If you’re staying in Keynes, Rayleigh, Tawney, William Morris, Wolfson Court, the Houses and all South Courts – Trial from 11am-1pm

Meadows, Quays, Bertrand Russell, Eddington, off-campus, as well as 2nd and 3rd years, your trial is from 1.30-3.30pm

Please arrive well before the start time!


Club Training Times:

Monday and Thursday 6-7.30pm on grass or astro pitches.

Just Play Session: Thursays 5-6 – Activity hall 3

Games: Saturdays (Essex and Suffolk Border League and Colchester and East Essex League) and Wednesdays (BUCS).

Social: We have our socials on Wednesday nights. We also have Christmas and end of year meals, as well as our annual tour to Salou in Spain for SalouFest with hundreds of other university sports clubs

Club aims

Men’s football aims to cater for a wide range in ability levels and look to get every member involved in competitive matches with high quality training.

Improve on an already high performance in BUCS and in the Saturday leagues.

Sport can play a huge part in the integration to uni life for first years, so we seek to actively encourage the inclusion of Freshers, adding to the already healthy social side of the club.


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ESSEX BLADES Women’s Football Club

We are a friendly sociable club who welcome players from all abilities, experience and nationalities. This year we have TWO teams catering for all players, with 1st team competing in the BUCS Southern Tier 2B league and our NEW 2nd team competing in the BUCS Southern Tier 4B leauge.

Even those who aren’t looking to compete competitively are welcome to join and take part in fun sessions and the Just Play social league as well as social events outside of the sport!

We have regular training sessions so each player is able to improve their game.

With the England Women’s team making history at the FIFA Women’s World Cup what better time to join a Uni football team!

Let’s kick some balls!

Regular meeting times, socials & events

Regular Training Times:

  • Mondays 7.30 – 9.00pm on the Grass pitches.
  • Friday 4.00 – 5.00pm on the Astoturf pitches.

All matches are held on Wednesday at 2pm.

We are a very social club; holding a social on campus and attending Sports Fed every Wednesday night regularly to celebrate the game that day! We are a very friendly and welcoming group and are easy to get along with. We often have non drinking socials such as going for meals and trips to various places. We also go on tour during the Easter holidays which is a great excuse for a holiday and is always lots of fun!


Club Aims

Our aim for 1st team is to be top 3 in the BUCS league and get to the semi finals in the BUCS Confernce Cup!

Our aim for 2nd team is to successfully get the team up and running!

In both we teams we look to peform the best to our ability of high standard and consistant basis.



Other info about us

Recent Achievements:

2015/16 reached BUCS conference cup quarter finals.
In 2015 we came 2nd in BUCS South Eastern 2B League and drew to UEA on Derby Day, contributing to the vital points for Essex

2010/2011 BUCS Mars Football South Eastern Conference Women’s League 1A LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

2010/2011  BUCS Women’s Football Trophy Semi-Finalists (lost to the eventual winners)
In 2011 we beat UEA at Derby Day, one of only a few teams to do so
In 2010 we helped Essex to a Derby Day win over UEA, by winning our game 5-1!

Women’s Football Win Over Essex

University of East London’s women’s football team defeated University of Essex 8-2 in the cup on Wednesday. The home side set up in a 3-5-2 formation, and used the ball-playing abilities of their back three as the basis of their possession-orientated, with a clear emphasis on playing out from the back in order to keep the ball and create chances further up the pitch.

The pace and skill of striker Otesha Charles became too much for the Essex defence to handle, as a host of chances fell her way in the first half, both before and after the one she converted on 20 minutes. Ten minutes later, and UEL doubled their lead through a Katie Donohue free kick. After a number of saves denying Charles her
second of the game, Essex pulled one back with a wonderful strike from outside the area that found the top corner. However, UEL restored their two goal advantage by half time as they finished off a good team move to make it 3-1.

UEL continued their dominance in the second half, as Charles tucked home her second of the game after capitalising on a rebound from the keeper early on, and picked up her hat trick shortly after with a cool finish. Despite a missed penalty by UEL, they maintained their impressive standards throughout the half and this was reflected through the scoreline. Wing-back Daisy Davis scored a delightful curling shot from distance to make it 6-1, and it was soon 7-1 when Charles turned provider to set up Jay Blackie for her first of the match.

Essex did manage to grab a consolation goal from the penalty spot, but this didn’t phase UEL as Charles capped off her brilliant performance with her 4th goal of the game, nodding a corner home from close range to make it 8-2, and send UEL through.

Match report by Dan Grimes.

University of Essex Women’s Football Club 2016-17
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