VarsityFest 2018 Headline and Showcase Applications

Sporting teams had the option to put themselves forward to the stduent vote for securing the spot of Headline and Showcase at VarsityFest 2018.

Make sure you vote for the team you believe is most deserving in the VarsityFest poll.

See below for their event applications as to why they deserve your vote:


Men’s Rugby 1XV 

Rugby is a sport that stands for Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship, making it perfect for a headline event. These are core values of both ICURFC and IMRFC, and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase this. We strongly believe rugby should be the headline at varsity for the following reasons:

  • Spectacle - Rugby is the best spectacle for casual observers. For those who don’t follow either football or rugby closely and aren’t acquainted with the more subtle tactics in the games, rugby is a better spectator sport due to its intensity and physicality. This has been demonstrated in the thousands that used to travel to the Stoop solely to watch the headline rugby game – rugby will draw the biggest crowd at headline, boosting numbers throughout the day and generating anticipation. Whilst being one of the finest spectator sports around, the atmosphere at rugby games in general will be perfect for the Varsity festival. Year on year matches between our two clubs have generated an enjoyable setting whilst also showcasing the best rugby the university has to offer.
  • Player engagement – Varsity was the highlight of many rugby player’s careers when it was at the Stoop, and it generated a fierce competition and rivalry. Because of the history Varsity still carries a lot of weight with our clubs.
  • Competition – The track record for the past 6 games is as follows: C, C, M, C, M, M (C being College, M being the Medics). Our teams this year are separated by only one league, and Varsity always gives a tightly contested game. The teams similar level of playing will produce a high quality match that will not only be entertaining to watch but will also be enjoyable for all those involved in the day. This includes those from the respective clubs, but also for Sport Imperial, College staff, Union Staff and the many spectators and participants that will be at Varsity.

Women’s Netball 1st Teams 

Netball is the most suited to being the Exhibition Match at VarsityFest 2018 because of the fast paced and high scoring nature of the game. The Turnovers and intercepts frequently displayed by both teams ensures the game is never static, and the easy to follow regulations would appeal to spectators who are new to the sport.
Being only 1 league apart in BUCS (with both teams making it through to the identical ‘last 16’ round of their shared cup), the teams are guaranteed to offer a competitive match that is unlikely to be one-sided. This was displayed last year, when netball was chosen to be the showcase match; the support from the crowd rallied both teams and improved the nature and intensity of play- feeding back into the spectator enjoyment. 
The appeal of the event also comes partly from the court size. The scale of the court differs do vastly from previous headliners that it means the whole game is clearly visible at any moment and so crowd support is maximised. 
Heston already has two netball courts, which could be utilised. The addition of tiered seating around the courts last year was incredibly successful at creating both a safer and more engaging environment. This could be capitalised by offering seating all around the court if netball was the headline to improve visibility and intensity the crowd atmosphere even more. 
IC & ICSM Netball are two of the largest female clubs at Imperial and VarsityFest would provide a perfect opportunity to demonstrate exactly why both clubs have grown so much over recent years.

Kabaddi Men’s 1’s

Last year Kabaddi were introduced to the VarsityFest schedule and it was a roaring success. We prepared brief sheets as an introduction and being an inside event, the intensity and set-up of the space really worked well for crowd engagement. We are hoping to increase this for VarsityFest 2018 with the PA speaker system and clear scoreboard so people can understand and really interact with the event. Kabaddi is a fast paced raid game originating from India.  It is a team sport, which requires both skill and power, and combines the characteristics of wrestling and rugby. It was originally meant to develop self defense, in addition to responses to attack, and reflexes of counter attack by individuals, and by groups or teams. Two teams occupy opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a “raider” into the other half, in order to win points by tackling members of the opposing team; the raider then tries to return to his own half, holding his breath and chanting “kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi” during the whole raid. Meanwhile, defenders must form a chain, for example, by linking hands; if the chain is broken, a member of the defending team is sent off. The goal of the defenders is to stop the raider from returning to the home side before taking a breath.
Come and support us and get ready to raid!