Durham University Athletic Union

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Team Durham
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Established 1901 (1901)
Type Athletic Union
President Hannah Lowther
Location Durham, County Durham, UK
Affiliations British Universities and Colleges Sport, Durham University
Website www.teamdurham.com

Team Durham (formerly Durham University Athletic Union, DUAU) is a student-run organisation responsible for sport at Durham University. In 2006, the Athletic Union was rebranded "Team Durham" to signify a more modern approach to sport at Durham. In contrast to most British universities, it is a separate organisation with the status of a students' union, rather than a part of Durham Students' Union, the primary student representative body at Durham University.

DUAU awards the Palatinate, Durham's equivalent of the University Sporting Blue. Famous recipients of a Full Palatinate include cricketer Nasser Hussain, triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and rugby player Phil de Glanville.

College Sport (intramural sports)[edit]

The Athletic Union is responsible for the administration of the largest intramural sports programme in terms of percentage participation in the United Kingdom.[1] The league sports administered are badminton, basketball, cricket (indoor and outdoor), football (11-a-side and 6-a-side), hockey, netball, rugby union, squash, table tennis, tennis and ultimate. One-off tournaments are also arranged in athletics, volleyball, sailing, swimming and water polo.

Recent Form[edit]

The Union is affiliated to British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and was ranked 5th across all sports in 2005's BUSA rankings, 8th in 2006,[2] 6th in 2007,[3] 4th in 2008 and 2011, and 2nd -its highest ever finish - in 2012 and 2013.[4] Durham are known particularly for team sports, and are currently ranked first for women's team sport, and second for men's team sport in the country.[5]

Team Durham have won a large number of BUCS National Championships in recent years, including W Futsal, M Lacrosse, M Rugby Union and W Hockey. Additionally Durham University Boat Club are the current BUCS rowing Victor Ludorum, having won the title every year for the past 10 years, a phenomenal achievement.

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Durham University Athletics and Cross-Country (DUAXC) DUAXC is an athletics club with approximately 150 active members. Athletes at the club have the option of 15 sessions a week with most occurring at the University athletics track at Maiden Castle (also home to Durham City Harriers).DUAXC has two coaches, Peter Coates, a world double decathlon gold medalist, and Bryan Mackaye, a former 51 minute ten miler.

Durham University Boat Club Current BUCS Champions, holding the Victor Ludorum since 2004.

Durham University Rugby League Football Club (DURLFC) In the 15 years since formation, the club has made a considerable increase in both its prominence within the University sporting community and the Student Rugby League. DURLFC in 2009 reached the national semi finals of the British Universities Plate, reinforcing Team Durham and the University as a leading name in rugby league from the North East.

Durham University Table Tennis Club (DUTTC) DUTTC has approximately 50 active members. There is the opportunity to train three times a week at Hild Bede East Gym. Coaching is available for advanced players who, in turn, can offer tips and advice to beginners and those looking to improve.

Durham University Association Football Club (DUAFC) DUAFC represents Durham University's vast number of footballers (individual colleges have many of their own teams, the most being Collingwood with 9) and has two teams (competing in BUCS Northern Conference 2B and 3B respectively). Players at the club train twice a week and play matches each Wednesday, many players also player for local non-league sides at weekends, most noticeably Brandon United, to whom DUAFC is linked. DUAFC has two coaches, Adam Furness and Rich Allman, who are both are former players. In September 2008, DUAFC hosted Siberian Federal University in a friendly to be watched by representatives of the Russian Consulate.

Durham University American Football Club (Durham Saints) The Durham Saints American Football programme was founded on 2 November 2006. The team was granted associate membership to the BCAFL on the 24th of March 2007 and full membership to the BUAFL later in the same year. The team has had fifty registered members since its foundation and finished fourth in the 2007- 2008 BUAFL Northern Division, setting a record for a team in its first year.

Durham MCC University Previously known as Durham University Centre of Cricketing Excellence, the University cricket club plays under this name.

Durham University Swimming Club

Charity Events[edit]

The Athletic Union hosts 3 charity events per year, the Rugby Charity Challenge, Durham Fun Run and Twenty:20 Charity cricket.[6] These events raise money for Sport Action in Zambia, Team Durham's official charity.[7]

Leadership Team[edit]

Position Name
Dean of Experience Durham Peter Warburton
Head of Sport, Music and Drama Quentin Sloper
Permanent BUCS Administrator Diane Thomas
Head of Student Experience and Community Outreach Emma Hall-Craggs
DUAU Student Executive 13/14:
President Hannah Lowther
College Sport Officer Tom Newman


  1. ^ TeamDurham.com - About College Sport
  2. ^ 2005-2006 - BUSA
  3. ^ Championships - BUSA
  4. ^ http://www.bucs.org.uk/bucscore/BUCSPoints.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.teamdurham.com/about/directorsviews/
  6. ^ TeamDurham.com - Major Fundraising Events
  7. ^ TeamDurham.com - Sport in Action

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