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.

Leagues and Knockouts for 2020-21

Having reviewed the latest roadmaps of the home nations (with an acknowledgement that this is constantly shifting), BUCS felt it would be possible to deliver some competition in Term Three. An informal league offer was deemed to be the most realistic offer of Term Three, with entries closing on Thursday 1 April.

The Competitions team have completed their assessment of entries into the Term Three Opt-in Competition and have built all viable leagues on BUCS Play. Fixtures will be released on BUCS Play in mid-April. Unfortunately, some teams could not be placed into leagues due to lack of demand, geographical distances, or competitive imbalances.

Find all the latest on our Return to Play here, with FAQs for the Term Three Opt-in Competition here.

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 2021-22 

Team entries for many of our programmes opened on 5 May, with the timelines for these below: 

Wednesday 5 May: Team Entries open on BUCS Play
Wednesday 11 June: Team Entries close on BUCS Play
Friday 25 June: Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published for feedback
Friday 16 July: Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a feedback window closes
Wednesday 28 July: Updated Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published 
Friday 13 August: Finalised leagues, knockouts and fixtures live on BUCS Play

Find all the latest on our Return to Play here, along with our FAQs.

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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