INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL
Here at UWE we have four competitive teams that, every Wednesday, play in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Leagues against various other Universities in the South West Region. We also involve ourselves in cup competitions annually and look forward to competing against University of Bristol in Varsity at the end of the season.
The season prior to the Covid year was largely succesful for all four teams. Our 1st team had a strong campaign, staying in the highest division in the South West Region (Western 1a) after winning Western 1b the season previous to that. Our 2nd and 3rd teams also stayed in their respective divisions, pushing for promotion but both falling just short. Our 4th team convincingly won their division and will be playing one league higher this coming season.
All four teams train twice a week. Once at UWE's state of the art 4G astro turf pitch at Lockleaze Sports Centre, and once at a similarly impressive facitlity at Hillside Gardens. Both of these venues are within a half hour walk of Frenchay Campus and only a bus ride from almost anywhere else in Bristol, so travel isn't an issue regardless of where you're based.
We are also lucky enough to have a pool of well-respected and well-knowledged coaches for each of the four teams. If you are lucky enough to make it into the first team, you will be coached by Mel, who, is a UEFA A licensed coach, so you can be guaranteed a season of high quality football across each team.
Training takes place on Monday and Thursday evening's and these will begin on the 7th October when trials are completed.
Monday's @ Lockleaze Sports Centre - 1st & 3rd Teams train 18:00 - 20:00
Monday's @ Lockleaze Sports Centre - 2nd & 4th Teams train 20:00 - 22:00
Thursday's @ Hillside Gardens - All Teams train 18:00 - 19:30
BUCS Games are all played on wednesday afternoons. Home games are all hosted at Lockleaze, and for away games, a bus is always provided for transport.
THE STRUCTURE OF THIS COMING SEASON
With restrictions now being lifted, we can produdly say that competitive football is returning for the 21/22 season, with all 4 teams playing within their competitive BUCS leagues. This also means that we will finally see a return to Varsity Football at the end of the season, a date that everyone always looks forward too.
Trials will commence on Monday 27th September and Wedneday 29th September.
You must sign up using the form below. The deadline to sign up is September 15:
PLEASE SEE OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE FOR YOUR TRIAL SLOT ALLOCATION.
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See below for time slots:
10am - 12pm: Slot 1
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Slot 2
3:00pm - 5:00pm: Slot 3
5:30pm - 7:30pm: Slot 4
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Slot 2
3:00pm - 5:30pm: Slot 3
5:30pm - 7:30pm: Slot 4
These will give us the opportunity to trial around 225 players. Successful players will be informed at the end of each slot, and will be invited back to the final trial on Monday 4th October:
6pm - 8pm: 1st and 2nd team players to trial with returners.
8pm - 10pm: 3rd and 4th team players to trial with returners.
COSTS, KIT AND YOUR VALUE FOR MONEY
Your UWE Men's Football fee will cover a range of different things throughout the football season. The most important thing is your BUCS payment; your fee will totally cover the cost of playing in the BUCS league ensuring that you can have a full season of football. Your fee will also cover the cost of kit package. In this package you'll be given home top, shorts and socks as well as a training jumper. We have three other kits used for away games that are shared between the four teams every week which you'll also get to use. As well as kit and BUCS fees, you'll also be covered for travel to and from matches. Whether we're playing someone as local as Bath or a side further away such as Exeter, you'll be covered on coach travel. All teams will have coaches arranged for them ready to leave from Frenchay Campus on away days. Venues cost a lot of money to run, especially with us training twice weekly and paying matches at Lockleaze most week. Your fees will also cover the cost of renting out the 4G pitches. Finally, your fees will fund some socials. With money left over we're always keen to arrange socials and days out as a team. For example, in the last few years we've made it a habit of getting together and going to the races. This is something we'd be keen to do again when possible.
UWE MOVE: Mars Just Play and Futsal sessions are not included in the £30 MOVE fee. If you want to take part in these sessions you need to be an Active card or MOVE member, or do pay as you go (in which case you wouldn't need to buy the league membership).
As a football club, we are always looking to liase with event companies and organise days out that bring the whole club together. Previously, the club have attended events such as Cheltenham Races and Invades parties. We believe that having a strong social standpoint is the bakcbone of our club, and this collectiveness is what brings us together and helps us to play better on the pitch.
WHERE AND WHEN
PamPam is the place to be on a Wednesday night in Bristol, especially with your respective sports team. UWE Men's Football will once again feature in the VIP section of the go to club for UWE Sports Teams after their Wednesday night fixtures. Our social secretaries will be working hard to organise a number of themed night's throughout the year. Previously we've had Oktoberfest, Halloween, White Shirt Parties, Christmas Doos and a number of other fancy dress nights.
With the exception of last year due to COVID-19, the club aim to go on tour around Easter time. Last year we were due to go to Croatia with ILOVETOUR, with us going to Italy the year before. Hopefully everything clears up a little before the end of the academic year and we can arrange a similar trip towards the front end of the summer months. More on this will be posted when we're made aware of additional information.
LOCKLEAZE SPORTS CENTRE:
Bonnington Walk, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9XF
Filton Road, Winterbourne, Bristol BS16 1QQ