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Entry Information

Entry Dates and Costs

Entry Cost 

£300 per team 

Entries Open 

1st February 2022

Entries Close 

Thursday 24th February 2022


Entry process

To apply for this competition:

  1. Entries will need to be submitted via the team entries section of our online entry system, BUCS Play (Instructions on how to do this can be found here)
  2. Please speak to your Institution Administrator as they will need to submit your entry.
  3. A Team Captain must be selected as part of the team before entries close.
  4. Competitors then need to apply for their respective team. (Instructions on how to do this can be found here)

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To check whether you are eligible to compete in BUCS competitions, please visit REG 4 Individual Eligibility


Entry Allowance

Please note, the current entry allowance limit is under review. 

The Handball Championships will consist of the following:

Men - Tier 1 - Championship - 10 Places (2 groups of 5) 

Men - Tier 2 - Trophy - 10 Places (2 Groups of 5)

Men - Tier 3 - Shield - 10 Places (2 groups of 5) 

Women - Tier 1 - Championship - 10 Places (2 groups of 5) 

Women - Tier 2 - Trophy - 10 Places (2 Groups of 5) 

Institutions/Playing Entities may enter multiple teams. In the event that a Championships is oversubscribed, acceptance of all 1st teams will be prioritised before any 2nd teams are accepted and so on. Any entries not initially accepted will be placed on a reserve list and may be called up should a space later become available as a result of a team withdrawing. 





Covid-19 Measures

Covid-19 Measures

The safety of students, volunteers and staff remains paramount as we move into the 2021-22 season, therefore for the time being we will still be implementing a series of COVID-19 Measures at our events. Although certain safety measures surrounding COVID-19 will be dictated by a venue or specific sport requirements we will be continuing to implement the following general measures across all of our events.

  1. Event Disclaimer includes specifics around COVID-19
  2. Whist inside staff members and volunteers interacting with competitors will be wearing appropriate face coverings
  3. COVID-19 questionnaire completed prior to arrival at the event by all competitors, officials, volunteers and support staff.
  4. Access to hand-washing facilities, or hand sanitiser

 What’s expected of competitors:

  1. Event competitors should stay home if they have been diagnosed with, or suspected to have COVID-19 
  2. Event competitors are expected to test if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or live in the same household with someone with COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending an event
  3. Competitors should stay home if they have been instructed to quarantine/self isolate due to international travel restrictions or by relevant home nation test and trace systems
  4. Competitors must follow direction from event staff, venue staff and volunteers.
  5. Competitors must complete COVID-19 questionnaire prior to arrival at the event  
  6. Competitors should ensure they are following hand hygiene practices at all times
  7. Competitors are encouraged to wear a face covering when indoors and moving about the building
  8. Competitors should follow the guidance and safety procedures outlined for the event you are attending. These can be found in the Event Guide
  9. Competitors unable to attend event due to COVID-19 must contact the event lead

 Lateral Flow Tests and Vaccine Status 

  1. For some events, dependent on local council recommendations or venue requirements we may require proof of negative PCR or rapid lateral flow tests within the last 24 hours or proof of being fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks.
  2. If this is required it will be detailed in the entry information and the event guide for that event 

Whilst we are very much hoping to be able to deliver a full calendar there is always the possibility that changing guidance around COVID-19 might impact this or lead to changes to our event formats or delivery models. We will endeavour to ensure regular communication regarding any changes.

Championship Structure

The top two teams from each group shall progress to semi-final matches. The first placed team in Group 1 will face the second placed team in Group 2, and vice versa. The winners of these matches will progress to the final and the losing teams will progress to a 3rd/4th place playoff match.

Teams finishing in third place or below in their group will progress to a placement match against the team finishing in the equivalent position in the other group. 



Division allocation

Only 1st teams will be permitted to compete in the Championship divisions.

Teams that took part in the previous season’s Championships will be allocated to divisions based on their finishing positions in that Championships. 

All new teams entering the Championships shall be allocated to the lowest division. 

Prior to the entry deadline at the point of entry teams can request to be allocated to a specific division if they feel that their current level of players will not be appropriate for their anticipated division.

If you wish to request a change please email James Francis and outline your reasons behind the request. This will be based onto England Handball for confirmation. 

Officials and Referees

Each team is required to provide two referees. In all matches where tournament appointed referees are not supplied, individuals provided by teams will be expected to referee. These individuals do not have to hold a formal qualification and will be mentored throughout the weekend by England Handball Referee Developers and Assessors as part of ongoing CPD towards future qualification (England Handball Referee Level 2/3).

The losing team from each match will be required to provide table officials for the following match. These individuals do not have to hold a formal qualification.

The deadline for nominating these officials will be two weeks before the event (11th March 2022).

To access this form, please be sure to head here where the form will be populated. 

Any questions regarding this, please email James Francis as we will be updating this closer to the event. 


When registering at the event, each team will be required to complete a team sheet listing their chosen 16 players for the Championships from those listed in the squad declaration on BUCS Play, along with a maximum of four team officials. Individuals who are not in the squad on BUCS Play will not be eligible to compete. Student IDs will be checked on the day at registration. 

Instructions as to how to enter a team on BUCS Play is linked on the "enter" tab with an instruction manual.