Varsity 2019 - #ComingBackStronger

Wednesday 27 March sees the Bears take on the Stags at Surrey Sports Park in the third edition of our annual Varsity. With a record number of competitors and spectators (over 600 in total) travelling to Surrey, our groups are fired up to show that we're #ComingBackStronger in 2019.



Throughout the day we have a range of match-ups from all varieties of clubs and societies. From Riding, to Netball, to Fencing, to Comedy, there's something for everyone. You may have seen the recent social media posts from Royal Holloway Sport highlighting certain groups - these have been chosen to really sum up our mission of #ComingBackStronger this year. Games Soc and Archery are both new additions to the Varsity roster and have been extremely engaged in the lead up to this event. They bring a fresh, exciting and different aspect to your usual competitive Varsity, engaging a wide range of students from different sporting backgrounds, which is always a positive. Table Tennis, meanwhile, are an example of a team who suffered a narrow defeat last time out and are looking to exact revenge on their Surrey counterparts.



Last year Trampolining were defeated by the narrowest of margins and as our newly crowned Most Improved Club, they are looking to bounce Surrey out of the park this time round. Badminton have improved rapidly this year and their final league standing has proved this. Last year they suffered a heavy defeat in both the Men's and Women's events, but they return with renewed confidence heading into this year’s clash. Pole Fitness drew last year and the competition was extremely close, both teams will be vying for the victory but the team are confident they have worked hard enough to bring it home. Another one to watch is Riding - while they are performing and competing off campus, we'll be keeping you up to date with the latest news. Riding’s engagement this year has been astounding and they will be looking to replicate the fantastic result they achieved last year. Despite a strong victory last year, I can assure you they have been working hard to maintain the difference between themselves and Surrey in 2019.



To finish the busy day, we have a finale from Basketball, which will feature a half time showdown from both Royal Holloway and Surrey’s university Cheer teams – Surrey won by a hair's breadth last year, and Cheer will be looking to claw back their title for the Bears. Men’s Basketball have faced up against each other twice this year already with both teams taking away a win. It’s going to be a stormer of a finale, so make sure to head to the main stadium to secure your seat!

We can’t wait to kick the event off and welcome you all to Surrey Sports Park tomorrow!



Dom Brown // Vice President Sport

Holly Hughes // Vice President Societies & Media