#BUvSolent is the annual south coast Varsity between Bournemouth University (BU) and Solent University (SU) where both institutions do battle for the Varsity Trophy. 

Varsity 2020

Varsity 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest and best Varsity ever. The event will now be split across both universities with Solent hosting Badminton, Basketball and Futsal on Tuesday 7 May at the Solent Sports Complex and Bournemouth hosting the remaining fixtures on Wednesday 8 May at Bournemouth Sports Club #BUvSolent

Make sure you follow the Facebook event for all news and information: Varsity 5-6 May 2020

More information can be found: Event Day Info


Varsity 2019

Varsity 2020 was the biggest to date and wow what a day it was. Hosted once again in Bournemouth the event saw over 900 athletes, 1200 spectators and 150 it’s a knock out competitors. 26 fixtures across 13 sports took place across three sites; Bournemouth Sports Club, Sports Hall Talbot Campus and the RAC Saddle Club.

Bournemouth Sports Club was transformed in the sunshine to accommodate Varsity where we had the Athlete Village, Live Music, Live Commentary, 1 slip and slide, 9 other exhibitors, 2 bars, 2 pizza ovens and all the food you could want. This year saw the introduction of BU Res Life It’s a Knock Out competition which had 150 competitors taking part in a range of activities from dodgeball to rock climbing. All TeamBU athletes wore rainbow laces to show their support for Stonewall cause and acceptance without exception.

Fixtures began from 0930 and ran through until 1900 which gave everyone the opportunity to check out some of the Varsity action. TeamBU dominated the score line with a comfortable 22-4 win overall however some of the fixtures were very close and could have gone either way.

The day was fantastic and described by some students as the best day of the year. The site is open to all so if you missed this year make sure you don’t miss 2019 #BUvSolent.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the event and all of our partners. A special thanks goes out to a main supports who without the event would not take place.

  • Bournemouth Sports Club
  • Funnybone Events
  • Viper 10
  • Bournemouth 7s
  • I Pro Sport
  • Lul-Med Services
  • Vanguard Security
  • United Taxis

Check out the full photo album on our Facebook page here.

Final score: Bournemouth University 22-4 Solent University

Varsity 2018

On Wednesday 10th May 2018, round two of the #BUvSolent took place across Bournemouth. The event saw 25 sports teams battle it out in sunshine which ended in a BU win 14-11. Bournemouth Sports Club hosted the main festival site which saw 2,000 people enjoying the day and cheering on their sides.

SportBU teamed up with SUBU to put together a preview video showing our teams preparing for the day, why not take a look here. There is also a full photo album available on our Facebook page.

Event organiser Michael Barry, Performance Sport Manager at BU said:

“The event is a brilliant showcase of sport from two successful universities. The planning process for such a large scale event was a great challenge but with all the support from staff, student athletes and service providers the event was a great success. The BU sides did themselves proud to bring home the win and everyone seemed to really enjoy the day, bring on 2018!”

Varsity 2017

On Wednesday 4 May 2017, for the first time in the University’s history, Bournemouth University (BU) and Southampton Solent University (SSU) did battle for the south coast Varsity Trophy! This inaugural Varsity games saw over 500 athletes take part in a wide range of events, from American Football to Squash and Netball – providing both universities the opportunity to showcase a spectrum of sporting talent.

In addition to the sporting fixtures the event delivers a host of entertainment including; DJs from BU’s Nerve Radio and a range of amateur sports taster session. Why not take a look at our highlight video here.

Women’s Rugby President Louise Burgess and Captain Izzie West said:

‘‘There is a massive buzz around the university about Varsity. We want the Varsity Trophy in its rightful place and can’t wait to put on our Bournemouth shirts one more time. We’re also excited to have the opportunity to watch other BU teams who are often playing at the same time as us; this is a great excuse to come together for a final time to support one another to Varsity victory!‘’

Sports Ball


sportBU sports ballSports Ball is our annual opportunity to celebrate the success and hard work of everyone within TeamBU. In black tie dress 400 student athletes and VIP guests arrive to recognise the commitment, hard work, dedication and sporting success at the historic O2 Academy Bournemouth. 


Sports Ball 2020

This year will see our biggest and best Sports Ball to date. It will take place at the O2 Academy Bournemouth on Thursday 14th May 2020. We will have 450 student athletes with the night themed as ???.

Make sure you get your ticket from SportBU reception.

Sports Ball 2017

A night to remember to say the least. This year saw our biggest sports ball to day with an extra 40 people from 2017 taking our total to 440. Athletes, staff and VIPs ascended on the O2 Academy for this wonderful night on the 17th May all dressed to impress in black tie.

The night celebrated our most successful year as a programme with a record number of leagues and cups won. We are currently ranked 24th in the country and hope this continues through the cricket and beach volleyball season.

We hope everyone all had a fantastic time at Sports Ball 2018!! Huge thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to all our winners! Check out all of the photos from the night here! #TeamBU #BUProud

Sports Ball 2017

2017 Sports Ball was our annual opportunity to celebrate the success and hard work of everyone within TeamBU. In black tie dress 400 student athletes and VIP guests arrived to recognise the commitment, hard work, dedication and sporting success at the historic O2 Academy Bournemouth. 


SportBU’s Barry Squires, Michael Barry and Nathaniel Hobby hosted the evening which commenced with a welcoming speech and annual stage Selfie as well as a recap of the success of TeamBU.  

Then the awards began!

Between awards, students and guests are served a delicious three course meal and entertained with SportBU themed video, as well as a final montage of the previous season.


 TeamBU Club ColoursBUCS Player of the Year

Sportswoman of the Year

Sportsman of the Year

Most Dedicated Athlete

Strength & Conditioning Team of the Year

 Team Performance of the YearTeam of the Year

Most Improved Team of the Year

Coach of the Year

Captains Advisory Group Award

Sports Personality of the Year