Why University of Birmingham RFC
University of Birmingham
For over 100 years, the University of Birmingham (UoB) has played a major role in the success of the city, the region and the world. As a leading Russell Group university and Times and Sunday Times University of the Year (2013-14), UoB is characterised by a tradition of innovation and research that has broken new ground and pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge. UoB is a vibrant, global community and home to more than 28,000 students and 6,000 staff.
Sport takes centre stage at the University, not just in the lecture theatres but on the playing fields as well. The University pioneered the development of physical education and sport at all levels and today is one of the most recognised brands in higher education sport, attracting gifted student athletes from across the country to study, train and compete.
University of Birmingham Sport
For the past 18 years, UoB Sport has finished in the top three of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championship, out of over approximately 150 competing institutions. Over 3,700 athletes in 50 sports represent the University and the United Kingdom in local, regional, national and international competition.
The University is committed to maintaining its distinctive profile in sport and the building of a £55 million new sports centre, opened in December 2016. The new sport centre is the single largest investment of its kind in higher education sport in the UK and features the first 50m swimming pool in Birmingham. The centre also includes an arena sports hall with seating for up to 900 spectators, six squash courts, six activity rooms for a wide range of sport and fitness classes, a 225 station gym and various other facilities.
University of Birmingham Rugby Club
The University of Birmingham Men’s and Women’s Rugby Football Club (UBRFC) is both an elite, and an all-inclusive university organisation. It is a priority sport at the university, and it attracts over 250 members of varying abilities – a number that continues to increase year on year.
The University Men’s and Women’s 1st XV have gone from strength to strength, and have been rewarded for their consistent form with both now competing in their Premier 1A North Division’s – a highly competitive and widely followed league with much media coverage. This success is reflected and supported through all 7 of the clubs teams. UBRFC was in 5 of a Possible 7 BUCS finals last year, seeing 4 teams gain promotion, justifying the clubs national reputation as a University rugby force to be reckoned with. The Women’s 1st XV won both the BUCS Trophy and Midlands 1A league to be promoted into the Premier North A league. We play on the Bournbrook, our home turf, and since hosting the South African national team during The Rugby World Cup, even the pitch is becoming a bit of a brand name.
The club, in conjunction with the RFU, aims to build strong partnerships with local businesses, rugby clubs and schools within the community, so that students may have pathways for further work, playing, coaching and refereeing opportunities.