This year’s annual BUCS Awards saw two Cardiff Met teams nominated for awards; Men’s Football were shortlisted for ‘Team of the Year’ and Archers Basketball in ‘Club of the Year’ category – a fantastic achievement for the clubs. Both clubs boast fantastic successes over previous seasons, with a notable highlight being for Men’s Football achieving ‘back to back’ BUCS titles this season. However, it was success for Archers Basketball this time, who were more than worthy winners. They were presented with their ‘Club of the Year’ award at the annual BUCS Conference, which was hosted by the University of West England (UWE) last week. Archers Basketball Performance Director Lucy Witt and Coach Stef Collins collected the award on behalf of the club. More than 200 nominations were received from over 45 institutions, before BUCS shortlisted the club for the prestigious award.
The award looks to recognise a club that demonstrates a commitment to development, which has resulted in increased participation, inclusion and diversity in its membership. Within the criteria the club was expected to have demonstrated innovative, student led projects whilst displaying strong links with NGB’s, community stakeholders and the wider University community. The club’s philosophy is to provide opportunities for students to develop as players and in any other role that they have an interest and passion for. They are encouraged to bring their talent and ideas to the club, and are supported and mentored in their roles. They gain qualifications, work experience, knowledge and contacts for future work.
The club runs teams from U8’s to seniors, including wheelchair and learning disability teams. Students are involved in coaching, managing and supporting all teams as well as the wider running of the club. Additional roles include welfare officers, social media officer, S&C coach, team manager, events co-ordinator, performance analyst. Many also coach or manage Welsh National teams due to the experience gained at club level. The club regularly partners organisations such as local schools and colleges, associations, councils, NGB's (Wales & GB), as well as departments within Cardiff Met. As well as providing playing opportunities at recreational, BUCS, local league and national league levels, the club undertakes a number of social and inclusive events throughout the year, and undertakes a significant amount of outreach work in the local community, as well as getting local people on campus for special events. Through the club, students also have the opportunity to work with Wales and GB National teams as coaches, team managers and performance analysts.
Archers Basketball have worked with various departments and courses to provide placements and work experience for students including: Sports Performance Analysis Undergrad for Analysis with the clubs elite Women's basketball team (WBBL); Sports Broadcasting Masters to promote team success, special events, highlight key players, produce promotional and recruitment videos; S&C Masters for elite player programmes; Strength Conditioning Rehab and Massage Undergrad for placement with WBBL team. Sports Coaching Undergrad for coaching placements with Junior Teams (U8's to U18's) run by the club.
Throughout the season the club has also run different projects and events, such as the ‘Girls Together’ sports development campaign aimed at getting girls active and engaged with sport. Students have also organised a 24hr basketball game involving all club teams and the local community, which raised over £2000 for MIND and Juvenile Diabetes UK. These are just two of many events and projects that the club has run over the course of the year.
Congratulations to everyone at the club on such fantastic achievement!