A sport made by females for females, netball is the most popular female sport within BUCS

The netball competition is fiercely competitive, with over 400 teams competing in both leagues and knockouts.

Top teams battle it out for top position where the trophy and championship finals are played at BUCS Big Wednesday.

Updates from Netball's National Governing Bodies
As of 21 October 2020

England Netball
"England Netball is delighted the Government has given netball the green light to return through a modified form of the game. Despite additional local restrictions, for educational purposes students in England are able to continue to enjoy netball activity in line with the Roadmap for the return of community netball.

We recognise that universities will be facing different challenges and that netball clubs and social programmes will look a little different this year, we also recognise the important role that all sports, including netball will play in supporting student health and wellbeing during these challenging times.

We want to work alongside as many universities as possible across the country, reaching out to staff members and student volunteers that have a responsibility for facilitating netball at their university, to empower everyone with the confidence, knowledge and skills to re-start all levels of netball activity safely.

The first in a series of university forums will focus on ‘Return to Play,’ bringing to life modified netball and other hot topics from the restart guidance, including the opportunity for Q&A with a panel of experts from across the game. England Netball member universities can reserve a place and book here. To find out how to register your institution click here, or email [email protected]

Welsh Netball
Welsh Universities: In conversation with Welsh Netball, we understand Welsh Universities, and/or their Netball Clubs, are in regular contact with the NGB. As per ongoing BUCS guidance, we would reiterate that competition is not permitted without signoff from NGBs in each sport.

Netball Scotland

“Netball Scotland are hosting the first of a series of FE/HE Forums to ensure Institutions have a clear understanding of netball specific guidelines produced by the Governing Body in response to Scottish Government Guidelines.   The forums will provide a platform to ensure Sports Presidents and Netball Captains are aware of the support on offer from Netball Scotland to prepare their netball clubs to achieve Netball Ready Endorsement, ensuring clubs are operating in a safe and risk mitigating environment.  Netball Scotland fully acknowledge their responsibility to ensure public health is a priority and will continue to place the wellbeing, health and safety of the Netball Family at the forefront of all decision making.”

Leagues and Knockouts for 2020-21

The Netball league programme will run in Term Two only and there will not be any promotion or relegation between leagues at the end of the season. These decisions were communicated with our members in June.

The format for the programme has been confirmed to members and the 2020-21 leagues and fixtures will be released on Friday 15 January. Fixtures will be scheduled from 17 February, but these will be flexible to individual institutional requirements.

All fixtures will be subject to any institutional, NGB, UK government, devolved administration or local authority rules, regulations and guidance in relation to COVID-19 in place at the time.

Find all the latest on our Return to Play here 


For London-based students, the London Universities Sports Leagues (LUSL) also offers more flexible and social league and knockout competitions for men’s and women’s teams.

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