The 2020-21 BUCS season is set to start in January 2021, as Stirling University’s sports clubs begin preparation for a return to competition next year.
The season start had been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prematurely ended the previous season.
BUCS concluded its leagues by awarding titles, promotions and relegations based on current positions. However, the overall BUCS points table was voided.
BUCS’ upcoming season has been described as a ‘bridging season’, with no promotions or relegations occurring. This is to maintain a level of stability for teams after the abrupt ending of last season.
The size of leagues and the possible inclusion of knockout cup competitions is also still under review.
It is also not yet known which sports will be able to restart, and when it will be safe to do so. However, BUCS aim to host a successful season when they are given to go-ahead.
A spokesperson for BUCS said: “We are working hard at the moment to ensure that the best possible BUCS season does still go ahead in the current circumstances.
“We appreciate how difficult this situation is for our members and thank you for your patience and understanding in working with us to take the safest course of action for you”.
Sports teams at Stirling will be hoping to begin preparation for the new season and the university has announced that there will be some aspect of physical activity when students return in September.
Despite this it is not yet known how this will impact individual clubs and preparation will undoubtedly be affected in the run up to the start of competition.
Sports President Edd Keeler said: “At this time it will be difficult to say exactly what we will be able to do, as we will be strictly following government guidelines.
“Student safety and well-being will have to be at the centre of any decision-making process”.
He added: “Clubs will be prepared to restart. Sport is in our DNA at Stirling and I look forward to when we can return to competition.”
Whilst this season will undoubtedly be challenging for sporting universities across the UK, there is a real hope that this bridging season will give clubs a solid base to showcase their talents before the 2021-22 season.