2017/18 has been a fantastic year for Aston Students’ Union’s sports clubs, with national championship wins, league promotions, best ever team performances and some individual excellence.
You can click here to download a spreadsheet showing all Aston’s BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) results from this year. Overall, Aston achieved their highest BUCS placing in over 8 years! Below are some of our standout achievements from BUCS and elsewhere.
Held at the Genting Arena NEC, Birmingham, The Bhangra Showdown is the world’s biggest Bhangra competition. Aston were competing against six other Universities, and performed a seven-minute dance sequence that blew away the judges and audience alike. Aston’s captain, Ishan Nandra, and the rest of the dancers all worked incredibly hard, and there were jubilant scenes when Aston were announced as winners for 2018.
Racing Club, having finished near 70th position overall in 16/17, could only hope to make it out of the Rookies and into the Main Championship this year. Not only did they accomplish that goal with two teams, but the A team even qualified in the top half of the Main Championship, placing them in the Premiere Championship. They managed to maintain their position throughout the year finishing 17th overall, by far our best result as a University to date.
For Mountaineering Club, Joe Homer came 11th in the individual male BUCS competition out of over 200 competitors. For the women, Joelle Horton finished 57th; an all-time high for an Aston female, improving on her previous standing by over 50 places.
Netball 1st and 2nd team were both promoted from their respective BUCS leagues (4A & 6A).
The sporting year was rounded off in spectacular fashion as Aston won our Varsity against Birmingham City University for the third year in a row. Fixtures took place across thirteen disciplines at the end of March, with students out in force to show their support.
And it is not just the sports clubs that have enjoyed a successful year, Aston’s societies have enjoyed some incredible achievements too.
The Islamic Society were nominated for ‘Best Faith & Culture Society’; Aston’s first ever nomination for a National Society Award.
RAG and Mountaineering Club organised a Three Peaks Challenge on 16th June, when Aston students and staffs climbed Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in just 24hrs. the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. The trip was a huge success, raising nearly £2,000 for the nominated charities of Macmillan Cancer Care, Papyrus Suicide Prevention, and Helping Birmingham's Homeless.
Computer Science Society completed their third annual Hackathon in November, with over 100 students taking part in challenges, activities and creating some awesome apps!
TEDx Society hosted an event for 100 attendees with the theme of ‘Diversity & Mindset’; embracing the cultural, ethnic, professional and academic diversity in Birmingham and challenging the traditional mindsets imposed by society.
Women in Business Society held their Women’s Ball on International Women’s Day at the Botanical Gardens. The Ball was attended by students and staff from Aston who enjoyed a three-course-meal, raffle and inspirational guest speakers as part of the evening.
All-in-all, it has been a fantastic year, and all the staff and officers at Aston Students' Union would like to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who was involved!