The 2021 shortened BUCS league and knockout season has been cancelled due to rising levels of COVID-19 throughout the UK.
The season had been postponed in the summer until January 2021, but it has now been announced by BUCS that the altered season cannot go ahead as planned.
This means that no BUCS team competitions will go ahead this semester; including sports such as American football, basketball, volleyball and water polo.
There are hopes that some individual events will be able to go ahead from March and there it is possible that the Outdoor Cricket season will be played; however, this is dependent on the Coronavirus situation improving considerably in the coming months.
A spokesperson for BUCS said: “We will continue to prioritise student safety, demand and viability to guide our decision making.
“Over the last few months, we did all we could to try and make sport happen. We very much recognise the importance of sport, and the part it plays in the physical and mental wellbeing of students, especially at the moment.
“Our aim is to remain flexible and react to the changing situation as quickly as possible.”
Stirling University Sports President Edd Keeler said: “It’s disappointing that we’re not going to get the fixtures to play and to have the opportunities to go and play all the universities in a competitive setting, but it does give us more time to focus on our sports union and develop a plan that way.
“That’s really going to be my focus moving forward, making sure we’re able to help develop our sports union and work through the return to play protocols. Hopefully this will reduce the pressure on clubs.”
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