Welsh Varsity returns
The date for the 2023 Welsh Varsity between Cardiff and Swansea Universities has been confirmed.
Cardiff will host this year’s week-long festival of sport, with most fixtures and the showpiece rugby matches taking place on Wednesday 26 April.
The Welsh Varsity initially began as a rugby match between Cardiff and Swansea Universities at the Cardiff Arms Park in 1997 but has since grown year-on-year and is now the largest student multi-sport event in the UK.
Throughout the week-long festival of sport, students will compete in more than 30 different sports for the coveted Welsh Varsity Shield, including: Ultimate Frisbee; swimming; golf; fencing; squash; boxing; basketball and hockey.
The 2023 tournament will take place in venues across the city, including Sport Wales and Cardiff Arms Park. Swansea will be looking to secure the shield this year, after Cardiff reclaimed it in Swansea last year.
Jonathan Davies, Sports Officer at Swansea University Students’ Union, said: “After the long-awaited return of Varsity last year and with the event entering its’ quarter centenary; excitement for Varsity is building. This year, we have been fortunate to add Glamorgan Cricket’s famous ground – Sophia Gardens, to our list of esteemed locations alongside a return to the Cardiff Arms park for the Rugby events throughout the day.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from our teams in Cardiff and Swansea Students’ Unions and our respective universities who have helped to facilitate this planning and running of this event. With over 800 athletes competing across Cardiff in some of the most famous sporting venues in Wales, it is clear why this is the pinnacle of Welsh student sport.
For such an occasion, I have no doubt that the Green and White Army will bring the noise, bring the atmosphere and bring the support for our competitors. This day will live long in your memory and when you look back on your time in Swansea, whether you are a competitor or a supporter, this day will be at the forefront of your minds. Take the pride of Swansea with you and bring the cup home!”