This prestigious award is made to a club who has performed well on and off the pitch. In addition to succeeding in their respective competitions, the club should have represented our university to the highest standards, embody the University’s values of inclusivity and fair play and have a firm development structure in place to support students of all ability levels.
Basketball – Cambridge
Judo – Cambridge
Women’s Rugby – Cambridge
Winner: Basketball (Cambridge)
2019/20 has been a landmark year for the basketball club. Despite the impacts of COVID-19 denying the club the opportunity to compete for several titles, they can still demonstrate a range of impressive achievements from the season.
Continuing their impressive form of recent years, the Women’s Basketball team performed at a consistently high standard both in BUCS and in the National League. Following promotion last year, the women’s BUCS team narrowly missed out on winning the Tier 1 title by points difference with an outstanding record of 11-1 and until the country entered lockdown, they were also due to be the first team to represent ARU at BUCS Big Wednesday after reaching the Trophy Cup Final.
In National League competition the women’s team were at their dominant best, and favourites to complete the triple. The team were crowned National Cup winners in February following an emphatic victory against Nottingham Trent at the Essex Arena. The league title was also in their control with two games remaining and they were in position for a strong play-off campaign aiming to claim their third successive play-off title.
The development of the men’s team has been equally impressive. The BUCS men’s 1st team performed immaculately to dominate Tier 2 with 10-0 record and, pending confirmation from BUCS, securing promotion into Tier 1 for the first time in the team’s history. The men’s National League team also had their best-ever season and were looking good for a play-off position before the season was prematurely curtailed.
The men’s 2nd team, coached by a current 3rd Year student, Jake Nailer, also had an outstanding season. Their record of 6-1 secured them first place in their league and, pending confirmation from BUCS, secured their first ever promotion.
With all four basketball teams performing to their highest level, the club have had a truly dominant year.