Southampton take URNU Sports title

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Friday 7th April 2017
Southampton take URNU Sports title Southampton take URNU Sports title

The annual University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) sporting competition took place in Portsmouth in early April and saw Southampton take the title of best sporting unit.


The 15 URNUs from across the United Kingdom gathered for the two-day event which aims to give students the chance to meet and engage in some friendly competition.


This year’s tournament included the regular sports of rugby, hockey, netball and bucket-ball along with two new disciplines, swimming and a relay race. The keenly contested rugby element of the competition was played on a knock-out basis which saw Southampton as the clear winners as they were in hockey and bucket-ball. Glasgow took the ribbon in swimming and Liverpool snatched a win in the netball. The 8 x 400 metre dash relay race was closely fought with Edinburgh taking the lead initially but Bristol won through in the end.


At the end of the two days everyone had enjoyed the activities including a fancy-dress social on the Saturday night.


URNU’s offer experience and knowledge of the Royal Navy, broadening understanding of the Service among university students. Each unit is connected to either a single or a number of universities concentrated in 1 area and have both land based facilities near the university and dedicated training vessels, in the form of P2000s, serve all but the most recently established Devon unit in Plymouth.


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