This week, students would’ve been back for the start of term 3 on our beautiful Edgbaston Campus. Despite not being on campus, our sports clubs have been doing incredible fundraising work at home during isolation for some fantastic causes.
Here’s a brief look at what some of our clubs have been getting up to…
The UOB lacrosse club’s 200 members are taking on the mammoth task of covering all 6,801km between Birmingham and Birmingham, Alabama where the 2021 lacrosse world games were set to take place. Interestingly, the world games have been pushed back which means that two world sporting events will be happening in Birmingham’s on opposite sides of the world in 2022, including the Commonwealth Games on our very own campus!
After 8 days of their challenge, the lacrosse club have travelled 2,563km and raised £442 for NHS Charities. Just the 4,238km to go, keep up the amazing work!
You may also have been watching BBC 2’s series “Race Across the World” where pairs must get from Mexico City to the most southerly city in the world Ushuaia via 8 different checkpoints (I’d very much recommend for you keen travellers)! Well, our very own rowing club have done this on a much bigger scale with their fundraising event called “Around the world in 80 Days”.
100 UOB students split into four teams competing to cover as much of the Earth’s 40,050km circumference in the next 80 days as possible. As well as this being a competition, each team has their own charity that they are raising funds for including NHS Charities together and the Trussell Trust. Good luck for the next 80 days of blood, sweat and fundraising!
Due to COVID-19 and a ban on travel, some of our clubs have sadly had to miss out on their annual overseas tours. However, this sad news hasn’t disheartened our students too much and they have decided to go to tour anyway! Our dodgeball club are completing a “Run to Rimini” where their tour would’ve been in April raising funds for NHS charities.
So far, they have run 516km out of the 1732km to Rimini from UOB and raised £188. Our netball and women’s football clubs have taken it a step further doing a “Race to Croatia” against each other. The race started on the first day of term 3 and the first team to get to Croatia wins! Running to tour is a great way of both engaging your members whilst raising funds to amazing causes, well done guys!
There have also been some sport-specific charity challenges. Our women’s cricket club have completed their effort to travel all 719km between all five 2019 Ashes grounds in just 5 days. Over 140km a day is some going and an extra £365 to Birmingham Mind for their mental health support services is even better!
The triathlon club have been very innovative whilst being at home to create some competition between themselves and other universities to replace their cancelled events in summer term. Naming the event Tri-Solation with 3 days, 2 sports and 1 challenge, they will be taking on other universities next weekend with a 1.5km run on day 1 to replace the traditional triathlon swim, a 20km cycle on day 2 and a 5km run on day 3.
Each team must pay an entry fee which will go towards a charity of their choice with UOB triathlon joining the women cricketers in donating to Birmingham Mind.
There have also been some outstanding individual efforts by the President and first team captain of men’s cricket. President James Hastings is planning to run 8km a day in May for best mate and UBCC member Harry, who has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia. This will equate to the distance between the physics building at UOB, Stamford Bridge and Wokingham Cricket Club, three places close to Harry’s heart.
James has been training hard for this and has already raised a staggering £1,624 for Teenage Cancer Trust! First XI captain Will Kerr is taking on a similarly challenging task of walking 100km on 13th June. To make it even harder, he is completing every step in his blistering Air Maxes. So far, he has raised almost £400 for Leukaemia UK. This is a brilliant effort by both of you, good luck with your challenges!
If lockdown has shown us anything, it is how much our amazing students are capable of. These examples alone aim to raise almost £6000 to support a variety of charities and are just a few of the fundraising efforts that our sports clubs are getting involved in at the moment.
Other clubs are doing virtual charity quizzes and online socials too. It is incredible to see how sport can unite people during such a tough time and shows the immense determination, togetherness and motivation of our student club members! Thank you to everyone involved, it is a great testament to your hard work and good luck with all of your challenges!
The links to all of the challenges are here if you would like to find out more or donate: