Sussex up to highest-ever position in national sports ranking
Sussex’s sports clubs are celebrating after the University reached 41st, its highest-ever position, in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) national rankings for 2011-12.
This means that Sussex has now leapfrogged the University of Brighton in the table – a major achievement considering that, unlike Brighton and many other universities, Sussex does not run any sports-related degrees.
It also represents an unlikely ‘double’ over local rivals Brighton this season, after Sussex’s win in the Varsity sports contest in April.
Head of Sport, Karen Creffield says: “Congratulations to all the teams, their coaches and all the staff who have supported the clubs over the last year. To come 41st out of 145 universities is a fantastic result for us and our best ever placing, topping last year when we came 43rd.”
The rankings take into account the achievements of the Students’ Union’s sports clubs and sporting individuals this year.
Achieving one of the most notable successes was the Ultimate Frisbee club, whose Open/Men’s team (Mohawks) and Women’s team (Squaws) were crowned UK champions for the second year running. A Sussex team also won the top prize in the badminton cup.