Welcome to BU Benchball!
We started Benchball Society because we feel there is a huge number of people who love playing sports and being active, but lack the confidence to try out for a competitive team over at TeamBU. We wanted to create a place where people feel comfortable to turn up, play some fun games of benchball & meet new people! Of course with any sport there's always going to be a competitive element, but we really do want people to just turn up and have a laugh in an inclusive group! And what better sport to choose but everyone's favourite primary school game, right?
What we do!
Weekly Sessions - We will be hosting an hour of benchball once a week. Sessions will involve several versions of benchball played by our members at school and we often play a little bit of dodgeball too to keep things fresh. Depending on numbers sessions are likely to include whole-group games split into 2 teams, or bigger sessions allow for mini-tournaments.
Socials - We may not be a competitive sports team, but when it comes to socials we want to be a proper sports team! That means themed boozy socials and visiting a variety of classic Bournemouth student nights including Toast, Wyld Wednesday's and Lollipop. We usually go to the pub after our sessions too for those who would like to join us. Not a drinker? No worries, we will always strive to organise non-drinking centred socials and are always respectful and inclusive to our teetotal friends on nights out.
Annual Benchball Varsity - Whilst we are a non-competitive society and there are not enough benchball societies nationally to run a league throughout the academic year, we do have the opportunity to take part in the Annual Benchball Varsity, where we take on Birmingham, Exeter, Sheffield, Chichester & Lancaster University's for the title of national champions. This years competition will be hosted in Chichester and the trip will involve a tournament followed by an overnight stay & and a big night out with the other universities! Something to consider for our sportier members :)
When, where & how much?
How much does it cost? - Only £20 for the whole academic year!! Or £10 a semster :)
Can I get a free taster? - Absolutely! Rather than running a dedicated taster session at the start of the year that people are forced to attend if they wish to try for free, anyone who turns up will always get their first session for free before committing to buying their memberships.
Where do we play? - We are at sport bu sports hall from 10am-11am every sunday from the 7th october 2023!
Meet the committee!
President - Jas Lock, Sport and Exercise Science
Communications - Owen Young, Events Management (Interim)
Treasurer - Ellis Hope, Forensic Investigation
Socials - Sam Richards, Forensic Investigation