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BUCS Club of the Year recognises, on a national stage, a club that has demonstrated a commitment to development, leading to increased diversity and participation in its membership. Beating off a record number of nominations and incredible shortlisted University Clubs, our very own Royal Holloway Women’s Football last night was awarded the prestigious accolade.
This year, they have excelled in providing opportunities for students to get involved in a competitive and social sport, volunteering, employability workshops, charity fundraising and campaign (and that’s just to name a few!). In just two terms they have organised a staggering 47 events outside of their weekly activities! Women’s Football not only offer all levels of activity on the pitch but this year, they have led amazing campaigns tackling mental health, eating disorders and involving themselves in #HealthyU.
Steff Milne, Vice-President Sports said: “The club has been an incredible force this year. Their vision of creating an inclusive and diverse club has been clear to see and all of them have benefitted from their opportunities and campaigns.”
“Their contributions to Royal Holloway and the wider community has been amazing and for them to win BUCS Club of the Year is a testament to how hard they have worked!”
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work this year to work with all of the members and committee and I couldn’t be prouder! #GoBears”
As well as engaging in a whole host of events internally, for a second year running they were the focus University for FA Girls Football Week, worked with Active Surrey to deliver girls football tournaments and even accredited some of their members with Level 1 Coaching Qualifications with the Amateur FA.
Sophie Shapter, Women’s Football President 2016/2017 said: “Winning this award means so much to everyone involved. So much so that it is hard to put into words, but I know that last night there were a lot of tears from the committee when they saw that we had won.”
“I was unbelievably proud/shocked and delighted that I was able to represent the club on the night and collect the trophy! This year we worked hard to raise money and awareness for two charities that were incredibly close to our hearts.”
“Without the passion and dedication from the committee, we would never have achieved what we did this season. It just shows that hard work really does pay off!”
All that’s left to say is a massive congratulations to all of the committee for their outstanding effort and drive this year and all members for getting involved in every aspect! It is an amazing testament to our student groups to see what they can achieve on a national scale and we could not be prouder!
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