Varsity 2017
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Come and support our students as they take on Marjons in the annual Varsity games!

Varsity is the student sports event of the year between Plymouth University and the University of St Mark & St John.

Varsity originally started as a challenge between the two institutions' men's rugby teams. Its primary aim was to raise money for charity but additionally, it helped to fuel a healthy sporting rivalry between the two institutions. The programme has since diversified to encompass as many sports as possible to see who is the true sporting champion in Plymouth. 

In partnership with a number of city providers and using the facilities at both institutions, Varsity gives competitors and spectators the opportunity to experience a first rate sports event; with high profile matches at Plymouth Albion RFC on Monday 13 March and at Plymouth Argyle FC on Wednesday 22 March.

Please note that fixtures dates and times may change at late notice due to circumstances out of the organisers' control.


Tickets are available online and from the Students' Union main bar and shop. 

  • Advance ticket price: £7 rugby | £7 football | £12 for both
  • Gate ticket price: £10 rugby and football

Visit the UPSU Varsity webpage for lots more information and details of the scores as they happen.

This year's chosen charities are Heartswell (UPSU) and Wave Project (Marjon).

Contact UPSU for queries (email: / tel: 01752 588388).

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Today's events

Saturday 11 March

  • Women's futsal 15:00-17:00 (venue: Marjon Show Court)
  • Mixed volleyball 17:00-19:00 (venue: Marjon Show Court)

Monday 13 March

  • Men's Rugby 2 13:00-14:30 (venue: Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC)
  • Women's rugby 18:00-19:30 (venue: Plymouth Albion RFC)
  • Men's rugby 1 19:45-21:15 (venue: Plymouth Albion RFC)

Thursday 16 March

  • Cricket 18:00-20:00 (venue: Plymouth College)
  • Women's waterpolo 20:45-22:00 (venue: Plymouth Life Centre)

Monday 20 March

  • Women's hockey 12:00-13:30 (venue: Marjon Hockey Astro)
  • Men's hockey 14:00-15:30 (venue: Marjon Hockey Astro)

Wednesday 22 March

  • American flag football 10:00-12:00 (venue: Marjon 3G)
  • Women's lacrosse 12:00-14:00 (venue: Marjon 3G)
  • Men's basketball 12:00-14:00 (venue: Marjon Show Court)
  • Tennis 12:00-16:00 (venue: South Devon Tennis Centre)
  • Men's football 2 13:00-15:00 (venue: Tavistock CFC)
  • Men's football 3 13:00-15:00 (venue: Tavistock CFC)
  • Men's lacrosse 14:00-16:00 (venue: Marjon 3G)
  • Netball 14:00-16:00 (venue: Marjon Show Court)
  • Women's football 17:30-19:00 (venue: Plymouth Argyle FC)
  • Men's football 19:30-21:00 (venue: Plymouth Argyle FC


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