Following what’s been the most exciting and hotly contested University football season in years, attention turns to Loughborough University this Sunday as the top BUCS outfits clash for the National Trophy and National Championship honours!
You can get involved either by heading to the games or watching online – and here’s most of the helpful info you’ll need to ensure you don’t miss out!
If you’re heading to the BUCS Finals (Loughborough)
What games are being played?
In the Division One National Trophy Final the southern champs, the UEA Pirates, take on the North’s Coventry Jets, the game getting underway at 1200.
Following this, the Premiership’s National Championship game will see Leeds Beckett Carnegie head to their first ever National Championship fixture, squaring off against finals veterans, the Hertfordshire Hurricanes – chasing their sixth National Championship to stand alone as the most successful team in Uniball. This one kicks off at 1600.
Where are the games being played?
The games are being hosted by Loughborough University, the UK’s top sporting institution, on the University’s Towers Pitch.
Where do I park?
There is event specific parking on site, which is free and will have directions to the pitch. There are also overflow carparks should loads of you choose to head down and pack out the stands!
I don’t drive…
Make sure you check out the social media of the team you’re supporting – some are putting together fan buses to make the trip.
Otherwise, if you catch a coach or bus to Loughborough itself, you can then take a short local bus ride to the university campus, or a taxi from the train station is typically around £5-£6.
Learn more on the Loughborough Uni website.
How much does it cost to attend?
Entry to the finals is £5.00, or free for Under 16s. Entrance is available from 1100.
You can then stay for whole day and take in both games should you choose to.
Is it possible to buy tickets in advance?
No. Tickets are only available on the gate, purchasable with cash only. There are cashpoints on site.
Can I bring food and drink in with me?
No. Part of the venue’s licence is that food and drink bought off the premises cannot be consumed in the venue.
What food and drink will be available at the games?
There will be a fully licenced bar, hot food and drinks such as burgers and hotdogs, as well as gourmet chicken wings by Plukd!
What’s the crowd area like?
There’s elevated seating for 400, as well as a covered viewing lounge for 100. Beyond that, there’s sideline standing all around the pitch, including elevated standing on one side of the field.
What other facilities are available?
In a Britball first, there will be a 10M LED screen to show highlights and controversial replays! Football America UK will be on site with their travelling store, along with some other Britball-relevant vendors.
Is Filming and Photography permitted?
Photography from the public areas is absolutely permitted, but sideline photography is only available upon request from BAFA – you must be on the approved personnel list and provide the relevant insurance, or on the roster of one of the competing teams as a team staff member.
What about mother’s day?
You mean two games of American Football and some gourmet chicken wings isn’t their ideal day out? Hmm… We’re out of ideas then.
I can’t make it to the game, but I still want to be involved!
Bugger – you’ll be missed! But we’ve got you covered anyhow:
Where can I find score updates?
That’s all well and good, but I wanna watch!
The awesome team at Onside Productions will once again be streaming this year’s finals!
We haven’t been given specific links to the streams just yet, but both the National Championship (kickoff 1600) and National Trophy (kickoff 1200) will be live-streamed from both the British University & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Facebook page and YouTube channel.
How else can I show my support?
Get in touch with the teams you want to win on Sunday via their social media and let them know you’re cheering them on!
Leeds Beckett Carnegie
What about the Division Two Finals?
We’re covering those too, and there’ll be live score updates via our Twitter and Facebook page.
At present we’re not aware of any plans to stream these fixtures, but you can head to the games themselves, each hosted by the top-remaining seed – Leeds University in the North, Essex University in the south: