Club of the Year
The Rugby Union Club has had a lot to celebrate on the pitch across all of their teams. The Men’s 1st XV and 3rd XV won the Midlands Conference Cup and Plate respectively. Additionally, both teams were due to complete League and Cup Doubles had Covid-19 not hit as both teams were unbeaten in their leagues up until the lockdown. The Men’s 2nd XV made it to the Semi-Finals of the Conference Cup and finished mid-table in Tier 2A of the Midlands Conference. The Men’s 4th XV (non BUCS) were also successful in completing an unbeaten year playing in the Oxford University RFU League.
This year saw the beginning of merging the Men’s and Women’s Clubs to unify Rugby Union as one club at Oxford Brookes. This is a relationship that will continue to improve rugby provision over the coming years. Competing in Tier 1 of the Midlands Conference, the Women’s 1st XV faced tough competition all year with many of players only picking up rugby this season.
The successful growth of the club over the past year has meant that the Men’s side are looking to introduce an additional 5th XV next season to meet the demand of Brookes students. They are also looking to explore the potential for starting an intramural playing offer to ensure that there is playing opportunity for all levels. The club are also passionate about developing coaches. Over the past year - as well as the team of professional coaches - the club mentored, developed and supported four student coaches, which is something they intend to continue over the coming years.
Off the pitch, the club have been busy raising money for various charities. During the academic year they collaborated with the netball club to put on a netball Match which raised close to £1,000 for the charity Mind and participated in Movember which raised around £2,500. They have also been busy during lockdown on their social media platform sharing workouts and challenges. As well as raising money for key workers by running the distance equivalent of Lands End to John O’Groats and back again, and working with netball again to raise money for the charity Refuge.