Big night of rugby at The Rec as University of Bath celebrates 50th anniversary

24 October 2016

The University of Bath will mark its 50th anniversary on Tuesday with a day of celebratory events, capped by a BUCS Super Rugby game at The Rec – Bath Rugby’s city-centre home.

The men’s rugby team, who have won their opening two fixtures in the new national competition, will wear a specially-commissioned shirt for the match against Leeds Beckett University. It kicks off at 6.30pm and entry is free.

One of the shirts – incorporating the University’s iconic Blue and Gold colours and emblazoned with the 50th anniversary logo – has been presented to Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath, to mark the occasion.

Men’s 1st XV captain Will Britton, who joined Students’ Union Sport Officer Will Galloway to make the presentation, said: “The 50th anniversary game should be fun and it’s always great going down to The Rec, it’s a special ground and there aren’t many other places you get to play right in the heart of the city.

50th-anniversary-celebrations“It’s great that we get to play at these big grounds and we’ll hopefully get a big crowd watching us. We’re hoping to put on a good show for everyone.”

It was on October 25 1966 that the University of Bath was established by Royal Charter. As well as the rugby match, the anniversary will be marked by music and celebration in Bath Abbey from 11am-12pm and a Party on the Parade – the heart of the University campus – from 12-4pm.

Galloway added: “The 50th Anniversary rugby match is going to be a brilliant way to round off our day of celebrations.

“In past matches at The Rec we have always had huge numbers down to support us and I’m sure it will be no different against Leeds Beckett – it’s going to be a fantastic evening.”

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