Last week, students would’ve been back on our beautiful Edgbaston campus for the start of Term 3 after a month of relaxation, red wine and revision over Easter. Despite not being on campus, our Sports Clubs have been doing some incredible work at home during isolation, fundraising for many fantastic causes. Here’s a brief look at what some of our Clubs have been getting up to...
UoB Lacrosse Club
The UOB Lacrosse Club’s 200 members are taking on the mammoth task of covering all 6,801km between Birmingham, UK and Birmingham, Alabama where the 2021 Lacrosse World Games were set to take place. Interestingly, the World Games have now been pushed back which means that in 2022 two world sporting events will be happening in “Birminghams” on opposite sides of the globe, including the Commonwealth Games on our very own campus! 8 days since their challenge started, the Lacrosse Club had ‘travelled’ 2,563km and raised £442 for NHS Charities. Just 4,238km to go - keep up the amazing work!
You may also have been watching BBC 2’s series “Race Across the World” where pairs must get from Mexico City to the southern-most city in the world; Ushuaia via 8 different checkpoints (I’d definitely recommend this show for any keen travellers)! Well, our very own Rowing Club have done this on a much bigger scale through their fundraising event called “Around the world in 80 Days”. 100 UOB students have split into four teams competing to cover as much of the Earth’s 40,050km circumference in the next 80 days as possible. As well as this being a competition, each team has their own charity that they are raising funds for including: NHS Charities and the Trussell Trust. Good luck for the next 80 days of blood, sweat and fundraising!
Due to COVID-19 and a ban on travel, some of our Clubs have sadly had to miss out on their annual overseas tours. However, this sad news hasn’t disheartened our students too much!
Our Dodgeball Club are completing a virtual “Run to Rimini” (where their tour would’ve been in April) in order to raise funds for NHS charities. UOB to Rimini is 1732km and so far they have run 516km and raised £188.
Netball and Women’s Football Clubs
Our Netball and Women’s Football Clubs have taken it a step further by competing against each other in a “Race to Croatia”. The race started on the first day of Term 3 and the first team to get to ‘Croatia’ wins! Running the distance to your tour destination is a great way of both engaging your members whilst raising funds for amazing causes, well done guys!
There have also been some sport-specific charity challenges…
Our Women’s Cricket Club set themselves the challenge of traveling the 719km between the five 2019 Ashes grounds in just 5 days. They conquered the challenge, managing over 140km a day and raising an extra £365 for Birmingham Mind’s mental health support services!
The Triathlon Club have been very innovative whilst being at home, and have created competitions between themselves and other universities in place of their cancelled events in the summer term. Naming the event Tri-Solation with 3 days, 2 sports and 1 challenge, they will be taking on other universities next weekend with a 1.5km run on day 1 to replace the traditional triathlon swim, a 20km cycle on day 2 and a 5km run on day 3. Each team must pay an entry fee which will go towards a charity of their choice, with UOB Triathlon joining the Women Cricketers in donating to Birmingham Mind.
There have also been some outstanding individual efforts…
The President and First Team Captain of Men’s Cricket have set themselves big challenges in the coming weeks. President James Hastings is planning to run 8km a day in May for his best mate and UBCC member Harry, who has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia. This will equate to the distance between the physics building at UOB, Stamford Bridge and Wokingham Cricket Club, three places close to Harry’s heart. James has been training hard for this and has already raised a staggering £1,624 for Teenage Cancer Trust! First XI captain Will Kerr is taking on the similarly challenging task of walking 100km on the weekend of 5th/6th June. To make it even harder, he is completing every step in his blistering Air Maxes. So far, he has raised almost £400 for Leukaemia UK. This is a brilliant effort by both of you, good luck with your challenges!
If lockdown has shown us anything, it is how much our amazing students are capable of. These examples alone aim to raise almost £6000 to support a variety of charities and are just a few of the fundraising efforts that our Sports Clubs are getting involved in at the moment. Other Clubs are doing virtual charity quizzes and online socials too. It is incredible to see how sport can unite people during such a tough time and shows the immense determination, togetherness and motivation of our student club members!
Thank you to everyone involved, this is a great testament to your hard work and good luck with all of your challenges!