By Taylor Roth
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) have agreed that Sheffield will host the BUCS Nationals for another three years.
The annual university sporting event takes place over three days with 100 universities competing in ten sports.
Sheffield has hosted the competition for the last four years.
The deal to host for another three years was signed by Sheffield City Council, SIV, Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.
Athletes compete at seven different venues, including Ponds Forge, the English Institute of Sport and ICE Sheffield.
This year’s competition kicks off tomorrow with swimming, athletics, badminton, boxing and fencing.
Faye Henesy is a swimmer from the University of Sheffield who is competing this weekend.
She said: “Sheffield is a very central city with two big universities and a large student population. It has excellent sporting facilities including Ponds Forge, one of the few international swimming pools in the country.
“From my experience, BUCS is a competitive but social event and Sheffield’s excellent night life can cater for the social aspect, while the sporting facilities are ideal for the competitive aspect.”
Henesy used to compete on a national level and swam for Great Britain in 10km open water.
She said: “Competing at BUCS is much more relaxed than competing at the national level, but I feel like BUCS is more about competing as part of a team with a team atmosphere and enjoying the whole experience.”
Carolina Kyllmann who is a fencer at the University of Sheffield says she also likes the relaxed atmosphere.
She said: “It doesn’t affect your national ranking so the pressure’s not too big and you get to fence a wide range of people.
“It isn’t the biggest competition for fencing, but it’s the biggest event for university fencing as it’s the only individual competition of the year. You can’t really see how good you are individually until BUCS nationals.”
The events begin tomorrow at 10.30am with badminton and conclude on Sunday evening.