Reading University Netball Club (RUNC) is one of the biggest and best women’s sports clubs at Reading!
This year we have 3 teams competing in the BUCS leagues all of which did amazingly last year and are hoping to repeat their success! We also have social teams, for those who prefer less competitive netball or wish to find a new sport whilst at uni and stay fit!
(BUCS represent all university across the country who take part in sports)
1st Team = South Eastern Division 3a
Our 1st team dominated their first few matches, gaining great goal differences. They maintained a high position in their tables and were a force to be reckoned with. The squad progressed throughout the year with each individual player improving greatly and everyone efforts being recognised by supports and coaches. In March this year, the team succeeded in winning the South-Eastern Cup Final against Hertfordshire 2nd team in an extremely intense match, watched by many supporters!
They were also appointed Team of the Year in this year’s sports awards, an amazing accomplishment by them which they were all proud to receive!
Unfortunately, they narrowly missed out on winning their league to St Mary’s 1st team, however, the girls put out a tremendous effort throughout the season and they all can't wait to get back on court and to training to reach even more success this year!
2nd Team = South Eastern Division 4a
This year the 2nds had a strong year finishing 2nd in their league tables. Despite some injuries within the team at the start of season, they held their nerve and their hard work and perseverance led to many brilliant wins home and away.
Their dedication to training and matches shone through within their games, resulting in a high goal difference against their opponents. Unfortunately, their winning streak was halted when they played away against Portsmouth 3rds. However, this didn’t discourage them as they fought back hard in their other matches continuing their sequence of wins.
With their confidence and success from last year, the girls are ready to come back fighting this year and aim for promotion in their league.
3rd Team = South Eastern Division 7a
The 3rds came together to be an exceptionally strong team within their league, achieving 2nd place overall, a brilliant accomplishment reflecting some great play within the team.
During some of their toughest matches, the determination within players, and as a team as whole enabled them to dominate the game and come back fighting. Unfortunately, they also narrowly missed out on winning the league due to some very tight results and Surrey 3rds took top place.
With their confidence and abilities thriving, the thirds are set for an equally great, if not better, season in 2017/18!
Each team is entered into the BUCS cup which features meeting opponents from many different leagues and regions and can be a great test of the team's strength and ability!
We are a hard-working club with that all-important competitive edge and a drive to win. Focus and determination are key elements throughout our training sessions which occur twice a week. Sessions are designed for players to be put through their paces which ultimately allows us to come out on top!
Our training times for next year are:
BUCS players - Mon. 5.45pm-7.45pm and Thu. 6.15pm -7.45pm - indoor courts (with our coach Fiona Stewart from Woodley Netball Club)
That being said...
We love to PARTY hard too. There are MANY socials throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to show off your most outrageous fancy dress, varying from Toybox to Wizard of Oz themes!
Our annual Varsity and mixed netball tournaments are always a highlight of the social calendar, combining our two favourite activities! There is also the opportunity to go on "tour" to either Salou or Croatia during the Easter holidays, just go to http://www.ilovetour.co.uk/ and you'll find out what a great experience it is! Tour is always popular with the netball girls with a great turn out signing up! It’s been known to be like a girls’ holiday whilst playing some netball against other universities!
If you are keen in joining in all the fun but maybe aren't able to commit fully to the training sessions we also welcome SOCIAL PLAYERS.
Being a social player involves social training on a Sunday 5.00pm- 7.00pm run by our BUCS girls on the outdoor tennis courts, which gives you a chance to keep up your fitness, make loads of new friends and most importantly be a part of all our crazy events and socials!
Membership for BUCS players = £80
Membership for social players for the year = £40
Membership is required by all BUCS, (1st, 2nd and 3rd team players) to play in any matches and therefore is purchased at the start of the season once teams have been finalized in September/October time.
You can purchase the membership online with the links at the right-hand side of this page. (Paying memberships online will require a 15p transaction fee) Any problems or questions with regards to membership, feel free to contact our Treasurer of RUNC, Hattie Pargiter.
TRIALS = Trials for our BUCS teams will be Sunday 24th September 2017 3 - 5pm. On the outdoor tennis courts behind the hockey pitches.
Call backs will be announced following the 1st trials so be sure to attend!
They are open to anyone and everyone to come along, meet all the current RUNC players and get involved in some drills and matches. All levels are available and even if you’d rather not trial, come down meet the girls and support your friends!
Any concerns or questions you may have, please get in contact with either of our presidents Maddie Ross (email@example.com) or Vice President Alice Kirkup, or any of our listed committee members; we're all happy and eager to help!
And most importantly, we will be at Freshers Fayre on Thursday 21st September, during Freshers Week, so come and see us and make yourselves known or ask any questions!!
We'll be the ones running around in black and red dresses. We look forward to meeting you :D !!
Until then, be sure to join our Facebook group ‘Reading University Netball Club 2017/2018’ to keep updated with the latest news and events!
RUNC Committee 2017/18
President: Maddie Ross
Vice President: Alice Kirkup
Secretary: Rachel Newton
Treasurer: Hattie Pargiter
Social Secs: Meg Watkinson and Hannah Bennett
Kit Rep: Jen Stapleton
Welfare Rep: Attorie Burnett-Maloney