Staff vs Students Charity Football Match 2019

The Department of Sport and Recreation are inviting all staff members at the University of Portsmouth to formally register their interest in being apart of the 4th Annual Staff vs Students charity football match, taking place on the hallowed turf of Fratton Park in May 2019.

The annual Staff vs Students Charity football event has raised over £25,000 for various charities including Brain Tumour Research. The staff team were unlucky to lose last year, but are still 2-1 up overall with two years of dominance. Since the events inception in 2016 staff have won 2-1, 3-1 and lost 4-0. We’re looking to get the trophy back this year and need your help.


How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in being part of this exciting match please register your interest through the google form. The form should be completed and submitted by Monday 7th January 2019 to confirm your attendance to the open trials. To find out more, or if you have any questions please email


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The trials will be taking place on Thursday 17th January 2019 at 21:00 and Friday 18th January 2019 at 20:00. Trials will be held at the University’s sports campus located on Furze Lane: Langstone Sports Site, Furze Lane, Portsmouth, PO4 8LW. Please arrive 15 minutes before the trial is due to start. If you are a student looking to register your interest, you should in the first instance speak to the students union:


This years charities are again Brain Tumour Research and Pompey in the Community.


Jackson Davies – Global Digital Marketing Officer

Jackson Davies

“Taking part in the Staff vs Students match was a fantastic experience! As a lifelong Pompey fan, it was incredible to be able to run out onto the pitch at Fratton Park and experience a full match. It’s something I’ll remember forever, even if we got beat 4-0! I raised a lot of money for charity in honour of my dad, who died from cancer the year before. I was honoured by the amount of money that my friends and family donated for this brilliant cause. I’d honestly recommend this experience to anyone.”

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James Quinn – Student Finance Centre

James Quinn – Student Finance Advice Officer

“I cannot recommend applying to play in the charity game enough. It’s not just about the day itself, but the build up with training, weekly matches and experiencing the team camaraderie. One of the best bits was the fact that we raised so much money for charity which is something I am very proud to have been a part of. In terms of the game, it will be something I will never forget. I’m a Pompey fan and to lead out the team as captain and play at Fratton Park was just unbelievable, especially in front of my family and friends. You do need to be committed though, it’s not just about the training but also about raising money for the chosen charities. Promote it through social media and contact family and friends and get them on board. You will not regret it!”

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David Wands – Director, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Prof. David Wands – Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

“The staff vs student match is a fantastic event to be involved in. Playing at Fratton Park is a great experience. I really enjoyed the build-up to the big match, getting to know the other players from around the university, training together and playing as a team. I didn’t have any clever ideas for fundraising, I just asked everyone I knew and took every opportunity to tell them of the work we were putting in to the training, and the good causes their money was going to. Setting up a JustGiving page makes it easy for people to donate online.”

Not only is this a massively enjoyable end of year event for all involved, it raises crucial funds for 2 very important charities. Brain Tumour Research is the charity partner of the University of Portsmouth Sport and Recreation department (the University is the home of the Brain Tumour Research Centre), and we regularly host charity events to help make all of their vital research possible. Pompey in the Community is affiliated with Portsmouth Football Club, who run inclusive coaching sessions, courses, education, health initiatives and community outreach schemes within the city and surrounding areas. All funds raised from the event is split 50/50 between the chosen charities.

University of Portsmouth Rugby Club compete in China

Portsmouth return triumphant from China in 4th UK-China University Sports Week

The men’s rugby team spent a week in Xian in a visit that strengthened Portsmouth’s links with China


Student rugby players from the University of Portsmouth (UoP) visited Xian from 1st – 10th September for the 4th China-UK University Sports Week. The event was an initiative of the Federation of University Sport of China and the British Council. The event saw a series of 7’s games against Chinese university rugby teams and a number of student networking events. The aim is to deepen the collaboration between British and Chinese universities through sport.

Universities from Portsmouth, Cambridge and Northumbria were chosen to represent the UK in the tournament. Portsmouth performed brilliantly, winning their tournament. The opening ceremony which was held at Northwestern Polytechnic University, was watched by over 3,000 and shown on Chinese TV. Xian, where the students visited, is a city of 12 million people and the start of the old Silk Road. The team played against Cambridge, Northwestern Polytechnical, Xiamen  and Beijing universities.


What was the purpose of the event?

The event was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience Chinese culture with visits to the Terra Cotta Warriors. The students also visited Maotengkong Primary School and Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine. They also attended a number of formal dinners and receptions held by a variety of hosts. Students lead coaching sessions for Chinese rugby players and took part in seminars discussing the different ways in which rugby is developed in the UK and China.

As part of the UoP Global engagement strategy this event gave students the chance to experience first-hand an international super city and in turn access to key partners and networks.

Paul Tilley, Head of Sport and Recreation at UoP, said:

‘’Portsmouth was honoured to be invited by the British Council and the Chinese Embassy to take part in this event.  Portsmouth’s achievements as an ambitious university with an excellent reputation for sport and a global outlook are being noticed. The visit was an excellent chance for our students to enjoy themselves in a totally different culture, make new friends, and be ambassadors for the UK.  It will also strengthen the relations we already have with the British Council, Chinese Embassy and with Chinese partner institutions. International links like these provide invaluable opportunities for our students and help develop our global partnerships.”

Student Sam Balkham said:

‘’The trip was more than I hoped for. The experience of visiting such a unique part of China was amazing. Immersing ourselves in their culture was something I will never forgot. The hospitality of our hosts was first class and the standard of rugby really good. I would recommend any student to take up the opportunity to travel abroad whilst at University. Especially on trips as well organised as this by our university.’’

What’s next?

Following on from the visit, Nick Parker – Head Rugby Coach at UoP will work with the British Council on further rugby development projects. 30 Chinese female rugby players are also due to visit Portsmouth in September 2019. The University of Portsmouth hosted the Minister Counsellor for Education from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic China last week where a variety of sports related courses and opportunities were discussed.


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