Team Durham

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Team Durham
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Type Athletic Union
Established 1901 (1901)
Location Durham, County Durham, UK
Affiliations British Universities and Colleges Sport, Durham University

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

Team Durham awards the Palatinate, an 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 2nd (behind Loughborough in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.[2] Durham are known particularly for team sports, and were ranked top in BUCS for team sports in 2014-15, when they also became only the second team (after Loughborough) to gain over 4000 BUCS points.[3][4] In 2015-16, Durham are in 26 of the 31 BUCS Premier A leagues, more than any other university.[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 held the BUCS rowing Victor Ludorum for ten years consecutively from the start of the regatta in 2004 until 2013 and regained it in 2015.[6][7][8]

Student Performance Programme[edit]

Team Durham has a Student Performance Program covering 16 sports. It has recognised national centres of excellence in a number of sports, including the Durham MCC University cricket programme, British Rowing Performance Centre status, British Fencing Centre status, Tennis Foundation University Performance Centre status and English Lacrosse High Performance status.[9] There are also 12 Vice Chancellor's Scholarships available to undergraduate athletes each year and an elite athlete support programme, and a postgraduate master's degree scholarship in association with Durham Women's Football Club in the FA Women's Super League.[10][11]

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 BUCS Champions, holding the Victor Ludorum 2004-2013.

Durham University Rugby League Football Club (DURLFC) In the 15 years since its 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.

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 has two teams (competing in BUCS Northern Conference 2B and 3B respectively). 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 currently competes in the Premiership North of the BUCS American Football competition.[12]

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.[13] These events raise money for Sport Action in Zambia, Team Durham's official charity.[14]


  1. ^ - About College Sport
  2. ^ "BUCS Points". British Universities and Colleges Sport. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Carey, Simon (7 October 2015). "Want to get involved with sport? You’re at the right University". Palatinate. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dean's Comment". 6 May 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. Once the British University points table is up-dated it will show that we have broken the all-time University record for points scored in ‘league sports’ and points scored in ‘cup competitions’ but after yesterday it will also show that Durham has crashed through the 4000 points barrier. With the obvious exception of Loughborough no other university has ever reached this total and huge congratulations should go to our athletes, to our coaches and all the support teams. 
  5. ^ "Dean's Comment". 13 May 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. There will 31 Premier A Leagues next year and Durham will be in 26. Our closest rivals will be Loughborough who will compete in 25 and with play-offs still to be decided it looks as though Exeter will have the third highest number of Premier A League sides with 19. 
  6. ^ Katie Strick (7 May 2013). "DUBC Win BUCS Regatta for 10th Year Running". The Tab. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  7. ^ James Lee (6 May 2014). "Students Shine at 2014 BUCS Regatta". British Rowing. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Tom Morgan (8 May 2015). "BUCS Regatta 2015 - Report". The National Student. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "University Sport". Team Durham. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Scholarships". Team Durham. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Masters Degree Scholarship with Durham". Durham Women's Football Club. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
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  13. ^ - Major Fundraising Events
  14. ^ - Sport in Action

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