We are masters of our fate

Varsity 2018 is coming...
and Bradford wants that trophy back.

When: Sunday 18 March - Wednesday 21 March 2018

Where: University of Bradford (various venues)

What is Varsity?

Varsity is an annual festival of sport, fiercely contested by the universities of Bradford and Huddersfield. 

This year it takes place over four days, and features a total of 25 fixtures.

Sports include everything from men's and women's rugby union and football, through to archery, equestrian, badminton and waterpolo. 

For many, it's the highlight of the sporting year; a chance to forget studies and focus on bringing the coveted trophy home.

Varsity is the biggest sporting event of the year, it's what our students look forward to the most. It shows what Team Bradford is all about - unity, support, dedication and passion. Beth Stanfield, UBU Sports Officer

Where is Varsity played?

The two universities take it in turns to host Varsity.

The 2017 competition was played in Huddersfield, meaning 2018 is Bradford's year to host the event.


Due to the huge variety of sports, the fixtures will be held at various venues in and around Bradford. These include Unique, Bradford Ice Rink, Bradford Girls Grammar School, Halifax Ski Slope and Salem Rugby Club, among others. 

The complete list of fixtures and venues is available on the Students' Union website. 

The Bradford volleyball team playing at Unique sports hall in Varsity

Home advantage

The hosting university are generally favourites to win the trophy, but it's rarely straightforward.

The 2017 tournament went right to the wire, with the final fixture of the competition deciding the overall outcome.

Huddersfield claimed a 13.5-12 victory after a tense, late-night extra-time win in the men's Rugby Union.

Hopefully Team Bradford can make the most of home advantage, and go one better this year. 

Rugby Union scrum between Bradford and Huddersfield at Varsity 2017

Team Bradford

There are several events throughout the year which encapsulate the camaraderie and togetherness of Team Bradford, and Varsity is up there with the best.

Each year, hundreds of students and staff turn out to support the teams, home or away.

Show your support

Fancy getting behind our teams at Varsity 2018? T-shirts, which allow spectators entrance into the venues and onto any of the provided transport, can be ordered online.


Crowd of University of Bradford students supporting the men's Rugby Union team at Varsity 2017

Meet some of our Varsity heroes:

Varsity: where and when?

Support Team Bradford at Varsity 2018.