The annual sporting event between The University of St Mark & St John and University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) took place in March, with 18 matches over 11 different disciplines and hosting over a 500 student athletes. Raising £16,036 for Heartswell South West and The Wave Project. This year’s competition was a great battle, with the final score of 22 to 14 points to UPSU. UPSU retain the championship for the 5th consecutive year.
The main fundraising came from rugby matches held at Plymouth Albion RFC and the football at Plymouth Argyle FC, where thousands of tickets were sold. The amount of money raised reflects the huge support students from both institutions gave to the event and the importance of this annual competition.
Phillippa Williams, Vice President of Sport at UPSU:
“Varsity is a great time of year, bringing excitement, tension and a sense of community to the University calendar, emphasising the importance behind our universities’ sporting teams. Varsity is an amazing event that brings together a range sports to raise money for charity while celebrating the achievements of athletes from both institutions. I am proud to have played in the championship and to have helped to regain the trophy for UPSU.
The presentation of the cheques to the charities took place at the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) on Wednesday 3rd May.
David Wells, Heartswell Volunteer:
"Heartswell South West may be a local small charity, but with a big heart supporting local cardiac patients. We are currently operating a defibrillator project, whereby we have supplied various local communities, spots centres, schools with defibrillators and training. A big thank you to Plymouth University students for choosing to support Heartswell at your annual Varsity, and in particular, Angela Heard, who recommended the charity for personal reasons"
This annual modern day Varsity is an event that has grown over the last twelve years from a single rugby match between the two institutions to a weeklong competition with over 500 students competing in 11 different disciplines and to date has now raised over £120,000 in total for local and national charities.