TeamUCL Events & Campaigns
Throughout the year TeamUCL run large scale events and campaigns that are often the highlight of many students' years. The events and campaigns we run are designed to celebrate the amazing things students do, raise awareness for important issues, fundraise for important causes and use sport as a tool for enjoyment and success! Find out more below.
London Varsity Series
Without a doubt, the first day of the London Varsity Series is the TeamUCL equivalent of Christmas Day! It's the event that showcases our sports teams' prowess over local rivals King's College London as we take them on at a number of sports over the course of a week. The victor is crowned after the final event of the series and a trophy is awarded to the institution that has won the greatest number of fixtures. Last year we triumphed in one of the closest series ever due to a 4-2 win from our Men’s football team in the last game of the series.
Mandy Walker Games
The Mandy Walker Games was created in honour of a former UCL hockey player and sports officer. It is coined as an Annual Alumni Sports Day where former members of UCL are invited back to London to compete in friendly matches against current TeamUCL clubs. Sport takes place across London and throughout the day before a social takes place after the Games. It’s a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and reinforce the community atmosphere our sports clubs create.
All Jokes Aside
It's easy to laugh it off when someone asks how you are, or you're experiencing difficulties with your mental health. All Jokes Aside is our campaign to support men's mental health at UCL.
This campaign is for all male-identifying students at UCL. It has a landing page, the brings together key resources to support mental health; regular talk and listen sessions called 'Talk Club'; and a calendar of sport and physical activity called 'Men's Health Active'. Head to the webpage, linked above, to find out more.
Black History Month
Black History Month takes place throughout October and provides an opportunity to recognise Black histories, celebrate Black success and increase opportunity. Using sport, TeamUCL aim to break down barriers to sport and physical activity through sports club sessions and a Black History Month Sports Day, and educate others through a Black History Month Panel Event and an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion information session.
Pride in Sport Games
The Pride in Sport Games is a week’s worth of fixtures that coincides with Pride Week. Unfortunately the event has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the vision is for clubs to compete against London based LGBTQ+ clubs in friendly fixtures over the course of the week. The Games hopes to be able to increase access and create partnerships between TeamUCL and the LGBTQ+ sporting community.
Disability History Month
Disability History Month takes place from the middle of November to the middle of December, and focuses on the history of disabled people's fight for equality and human rights. TeamUCL aims to support disabled students at UCL to participate in sport and physical activity, either through our sports clubs, Project Active, or Bloomsbury Fitness. We have used Disability History Month to launch year round projects to support the inclusion of disabled students in our spaces and activities.
This Girl Can
This Girl Can (funded by The National Lottery) is a national campaign celebrating women being active no matter how they do it! The campaign believes that there’s no “right” way to get active. However you jiggle, kick, lift, stretch, or sprint, it’s time to get moving how you please.
Students' Union UCL celebrate the This Girl Can campaign by celebrating women in sport and encouraging all students to try something new or get back into a physical activity through a week of beginner friendly activities. We collaborate with many of our Sports Clubs to offer free taster sessions and run classes run by external instructors at a very low cost.
Sports Awards & Ball
On Wednesday 1st June 2022, we commemorated everything TeamUCL clubs and students achieved this year. The evening consisted of a formal awards ceremony in Bloomsbury Theatre followed by a ball and dinner - food and decorations were in abundance! You can find the rolls of honour and all those shortlisted for this year's awards here.
TeamUCL Against Hate
Led by our Sports Officers for 2021-22, Saiff Hamid and James Maidment, this policy is the product of research into the current policies of UCL, Student’s
Union UCL and TeamUCL to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in UCL Sport.
By reforming the policies that aim to protect students, as well as those that set out club,
society and individual duties and sanctions, we hope to initiate a cultural change within
sports and societies at UCL. Students will be better protected, clubs and societies more
appropriately regulated, and the Union better placed to deal with any potential issues
involving bullying, harassment or discrimination.
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