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Athletic Union

The Athletic Union (AU) is the umbrella term for the University of Manchester sports teams, competing against other Universities in BUCS (British University and College Sports).

We have 89 teams across 36 sports, separated into 42 different clubs. The Athletic Union is about representing the University of Manchester in competitive sport.

The aim of the University of Manchester Athletic Union is to facilitate opportunity and success in competitive sport, as measured by performance in BUCS Championships, regional based student and local league competitions, and also the Christie Championship.

The Executive Committee head up the Athletic Union and consist of the following posts:

  • Sports Sabbatical Officer
  • Events Officer
  • British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) representative
  • BUCS (event based) representative
  • Communication Officers

The roles are elected at the Summer AGM. If you would like to know more about their roles, why not check out their blogs.

Christie Championship

The Christie Championship is a tri-university competition between the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. These three universities compete in a multitude of sports and take turns hosting.

The Christie Championship is one of the UK’s biggest university varsity competitions and is rich in history. The sporting tournament will see more than 1,600 students from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool battle it out for the winner’s trophy across 31 sports including netball, rugby, trampoline, fencing and climbing. This year the Championship, which was held on 7th March and 22nd April and hosted by the University of Liverpool, was taken by the University of Manchester.

Competition in the Championship is fierce and the standard of sport very high, and over the years has led to a thrilling, action-packed competition. Students compete in different sports, all rolled into one afternoon of competition at the host institution. All three Universities call upon athletes who have represented their country at national level and students who have been selected in British University representative squads. Every year proves to be an exhilarating fight to the finish! The winning University of each sport is given 4 points, with the runners up receiving 3 and 2 points respectively.

The University with the most points across all the sports is crowned the winner, and this year, Manchester came home victorious and have been awarded the coveted Christie Cup!

AU Awards Dinner 2014/15

The AU Awards Dinner is an Annual celebration of the achievements and successes of the Athletic Union teams.

This year the Award Ceremony is at the Renaissance Hotel on 7pm, Friday 8th May 2015.

The year has flown by already and the AU Awards Dinner is rapidly approaching. It is time we looked back to celebrate the wins, the hard work of the coaches, the commitment of the Committee members and the outstanding effort from every sportsman and woman that makes the Athletic Union what it is!

Click of the Awards to find out a brief description and what current winners did to achieve the awards.

Award

Winner

Jubilee Cup - Team of the Year Squash Men's 1st
Club of the year American Football
Most Improved Club of the Year Gymnastics
Coach of the Year Peter Birds
Fresher of the Year Laura Birley
Purple Pride Kathryn Fowler
R.T. Unsworth Award Frans Smit
Sportsman of the Year Peter Speight
Sportswoman of the Year Rebecca Baraona
Laski Cup Tarn Fynn
Club Official of the Year Gareth Clarke

The Sport Sabbatical Officer holding the Christie Cup

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