Welsh Varsity

Welsh Varsity
Wednesday 24th April 2024

We're so excited to announce that the Welsh Varsity tournament is back Cardiff on the 24th of April and this year Team Cardiff will be travelling to Swansea. Get ready to cheer on our teams as they battle it out against Swansea University in over 30 sports including both the Men’s and Women’s Rugby matches at the Swansea.com Stadium.
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SWANSEA
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Sport Date/Time Venue Suggested Bus Departure Time

Wed 17th April

Archery
17th April 9am - 11am
Bay Sports Park (Bay Campus)

Sat 20th April

Rowing
20th April midnight - 2am
River Tawe
Sailing
20th April midnight - 2am
Tata
Clay Pigeon
20th April 10am - noon
TBC
Karate
20th April 10am - noon
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)

Mon 22nd April

Men's Cycling
22nd April midnight - 2am
Pembrey Country Park
Women's Cycling
22nd April midnight - 2am
Pembrey Country Park
Equestrian
22nd April 10:30am - 12:30pm
Beacons Equestrian Centre

Tue 23rd April

Men's Futsal
23rd April 7pm - 9pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)

Wed 24th April

Boxing
24th April midnight - 2am
TBC
07:30 – 08:00
Golf
24th April midnight - 2am
Clyne Golf Club
07:00 – 07:30
Kickboxing
24th April midnight - 2am
TBC
07:30 – 08:00
Rifle
24th April midnight - 2am
TBC
TBC
Athletics
24th April 8am - 10am
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
07:00 - 07:30
Men's Triathlon
24th April 8am - 10am
TBC
TBC
Women's Triathlon
24th April 8am - 10am
TBC
TBC
Powerlifting
24th April 9am - 11am
Bay Sports Park (Singleton Gym)
07:00 – 07:30
Rugby League
24th April 9am - 11am
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
07:00 – 07:30
Men's Badminton
24th April 9:30am - 11:30am
Bay Sports Park (Bay Campus)
07:00 – 07:30
Men's Canoe Polo
24th April 9:30am - 11:30am
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
07:00 – 07:30
Women’s Badminton
24th April 9:30am - 11:30am
Bay Sports Park (Bay Campus)
07:00 – 07:30
Aerial Fitness
24th April 10am - noon
Singleton Campus
07:30 – 08:00
Men’s Tennis
24th April 10am - noon
Swansea Tennis & Squash Club
07:30 – 08:00
Mixed Table Tennis
24th April 10am - noon
Singleton Campus
07:30 – 08:00
Netball
24th April 10am - noon
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
07:30 – 08:00
Tae Kwon Do
24th April 10am - noon
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
07:30 – 08:00
Women’s Cricket
24th April 10am - noon
St Helens
07:30 – 08:00
Women’s Tennis
24th April 10am - noon
Swansea Tennis & Squash Club
07:30 – 08:00
Women's Canoe Polo
24th April 10:30am - 12:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
07:30 – 08:00
Men’s Football
24th April 11am - 1pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
08:00 – 08:30
Men’s Squash
24th April 11am - 1pm
Swansea Tennis & Squash Club
08:00 – 08:30
Mixed Ultimate
24th April 11am - 1pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
08:00 – 08:30
Women’s Hockey
24th April 11am - 1pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
08:00 – 08:30
Fresher Rugby
24th April 11:30am - 1:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
08:30 – 09:00
Women’s Lacrosse
24th April 11:30am - 1:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
08:30 – 09:00
Women’s Volleyball
24th April noon - 2pm
Bay Sports Park (Bay Campus)
09:00 – 09:30
Women’s Water Polo
24th April 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
09:00 – 09:30
Men’s Ultimate
24th April 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
09:30 – 10:00
Men's Basketball
24th April 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
09:30 – 10:00
Men’s Fencing
24th April 1pm - 3pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:00 – 10:30
Men’s Hockey
24th April 1pm - 3pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:00 – 10:30
Women's Fencing
24th April 1pm - 3pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:00 – 10:30
Men’s Water Polo
24th April 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:00 – 10:30
American Football
24th April 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:30 – 11:00
Men’s Lacrosse
24th April 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:30 – 11:00
Men's Cricket
24th April 1:30pm - 3:30pm
St Helens
10:30 – 11:00
Women’s Football
24th April 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:30 – 11:00
Swimming
24th April 2pm - 4pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:30 – 11:00
Men’s Volleyball
24th April 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Bay Campus)
10:30 – 11:00
Women's Basketball
24th April 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bay Sports Park (Sketty Lane)
10:30 – 11:00
Women’s Rugby
24th April 4:30pm - 7pm
Swansea.com
Men’s Rugby
24th April 7pm - 9:30pm
Swansea.com
History of Welsh Varsity
Welsh Varsity started out 25 years ago as a rugby match between Cardiff University students and Swansea University students. Today it's so much more than that.
In recent years the match has been played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and the Swansea.com Stadium in Swansea, with live coverage on S4C. Past student players have gone on to play for the Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Llanelli Scarlets and even internationally for Wales so expect a high standard on the field.
All the festival vibes
Not an avid sports fan? Welsh Varsity is a great day out even if you don't know your shuttlecocks from your wickets. There's an amazing atmosphere on the day as thousands of students cheer on different teams so don't let a lack of sporting knowledge put you off.
Proud to support
Rainbow Laces
In 2015, Welsh Varsity sports teams laced up for the first time and showed their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign. The campaign was launched by Stonewall with the aim of ridding sport of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through getting players, clubs and fans to stand together and send out a message that it has no place in sport today. Sadly, discrimination remains a huge problem in many sports. Fear of abuse and discrimination excludes lesbian, gay, bi or trans people and puts them off taking part, or even watching sport.
Sport plays a huge part in university life for a great number of students all over the UK. It provides extra-curricular activity as a break from studies; not only having health and fitness benefits but also providing a great opportunity to meet and make new friends. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ+ students feel excluded or uncomfortable participating because of factors including the culture, structure and physical environment in which sport takes place.
Oddballs Foundation
In 2024, Cardiff Students’ Union is partnering with the Oddballs Foundation to raise awareness of testicular cancer. The official Welsh Varsity t-shirts worn by supporters will feature the Oddballs Foundation logo to spread the word about this important cause.
The OddBalls Foundation was founded in December 2015 and through their work they hope to make a difference to male health around the world.

Buy Tickets

Buy Tickets

Click below to buy your Varsity ticket package. You will be asked to log in to access the ticket page and to purchase your package. During busy periods, you will be placed in a queue before the ticket page appears. Do not refresh the page, you will enter the ticket page automatically when you reach the front of the queue.

In order to buy a ticket during the AU pre-sale, you will need a valid AU membership. Please make sure you have purchased this before trying to buy tickets.

Don't forget that you need to select your bus travel time for Wednesday 24th April when you purchase a Welsh Varsity Festival Ticket so please check the fixture list before joining the queue and purchasing.

Priority access to AU Members
If you’re a member of the Athletic Union, you will have early access to tickets from 11am on Monday 26th February.
General sale
Tickets will go on general sale to all students at 11am on Wednesday 28th February.

Travel & Location

Travel & Location

Travel info for ticket holders and locations of sporting venues for fixtures.
Travel
Buses are provided to transport all ticket holders from Cardiff > Swansea > Cardiff.
When you buy a Festival Package, you will select your travel time at the point of purchase. Make sure you check the fixture times before buying.
Departure from Cardiff: Buses will depart from outside the Students’ Union building on Senghennydd Road. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
Transfer from Sketty Lane to the Swansea.com Stadium: You will be allocated a travel time from the day games at Sketty Lane to the Swansea.com Stadium. Please arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time from Sketty Lane to the Stadium.
The earlier you arrive at the Bay Sports Park in the morning, the earlier your allocated bus will be to the Swansea.com Stadium in the afternoon. You can see this in the table below. Please ensure you consider this when purchasing your ticket.
Departure from the SU  Swansea Bay Sports Park to Swansea.com Shuttle
07:00 – 07:30 14:30 - 15:15 Arrive in time for K.O of the Ladies' Rugby fixture at the Swansea.com Stadium.
07:30 – 08:00
08:00 – 08:30 15:15 - 16:00 Arrive in time to see majority of the Ladies' Rugby fixture at Swansea.com.
08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 09:30 16:00 - 16:45 Arrive in time to see the Ladies' Rugby victory and trophy presentation at the Swansea.com Stadium.
09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:30 16:45 - 17:30 Arrive in time for K.O of the Men's Rugby fixture at Swansea.com Stadium.
10:30 – 11:00
Departure from the Swansea.com Stadium to Cardiff: You can get on any bus to return to Cardiff after the Men’s Rugby match. Buses will depart from the car park at the Swansea.com Stadium, please make your way there at the end of the match.
Locations
See the locations where fixtures will be played in Swansea.

Key Info

Key Information

All general information and FAQs

Key ticket information
  1. TICKET RESTRICTIONS: Only one ticket can be purchased per person. You must be an AU member with a paid active membership to purchase during the AU pre-sale. Only one ticket can be purchased per student, limited to current registered students at Cardiff University.
  2. NON-REFUNDABLE: All tickets purchased are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any reason. Please ensure you read and understand what is included in the various ticket packages before you purchase.
  3. BUS TIMINGS: Once you have selected your preferred bus time it will not be able to be altered (please make certain you are sure at the time of selecting).
  4. LOST TICKETS: Tickets and/or wristbands lost, misplaced or damaged cannot be replaced. Wristbands must be worn and intact with no damage.
  5. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Entry to all events is subject to venue terms and conditions. Each venue is entitled to refuse entry or eject ticket holders to facilitate a safe event.
  6. BEHAVIOUR: By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to behave in line with the student behaviour policy whilst at the event, please see full behaviour expectations below. If you are deemed to be drunk, we reserve the right to refuse entry to any/all venues.
  7. T-SHIRTS: Varsity t-shirt sizes will be provided on a first come first served basis.
  8. TRAVEL: Spectators wishing to enter the Welsh Varsity event at the Swansea Bay Sports Park at Swansea University, must travel on Varsity buses from Cardiff. Spectators making their own way to the venue will not be permitted access to this venue.
  9. COLLECTION: Once you have purchased your chosen package you will receive a confirmation email. You will then receive additional information about how to collect your ticket closer to the event.
  10. YOLO AFTER PARTY: Tickets are sold separately and will be limited. You will need to purchase a Varsity package to be eligible to purchase an after party ticket. Please refer to our general ticketing terms for more informational specific to nighttime activity and nightclub entry.
Behaviour & Security
  • In purchasing a Welsh Varsity ticket, you acknowledge the rules regarding behaviour and conduct. You are representing Cardiff University and Cardiff Students’ Union, as such any breach of these rules may result in you being asked to leave the event and your ticket for any proceeding event being confiscated.
  • Behaviour that contravenes the standards set out in the Student Behaviour Procedure will be reported to the University and investigated under complaint and disciplinary procedures. This can have serious consequences to your education or future career as well as your ongoing participation is sporting or social activity with the Students’ Union.
  • Please drink responsibly throughout the Welsh Varsity event, alcohol will not be permitted in certain sports venues.
  • If you are drunk you will not be served and may be refused entry to licenced or event premises on the day.
  • Remember, alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgement which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble.
  • Welsh Varsity and associated venues reserve the right to refuse entry of any patrons that act in a way such to damage the reputation and/or Premises License conditions of the Students' Union.
  • The venues are likely to conduct security searches to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
  • The use of fireworks, flares or other pyrotechnics at any sporting venue is strictly forbidden. South Wales Police will seek to prosecute individuals using or seeking to bring such items into the event.
  • Please respect other visitors and members of the public at Welsh Varsity. Follow the directions of stewards at the event.

FAQs

TICKETS
What ticket packages are available?
Varsity Festival Package
includes transport to and from Swansea, entry to Swansea Bay Sports Park for the daytime fixtures, a ticket to the Women's and Men’s Rugby matches in the Swansea.com Stadium and an official Welsh Varsity t-shirt.
£32.50 + £2 booking fee.
Varsity Rugby Package
includes transport to and from the Swansea.com Stadium, a ticket to the Women’s and Men’s Rugby matches and an official Welsh Varsity t-shirt.
£22.50 + £2 booking fee.
Can I get a refund?
No, tickets are non- refundable. Contact customer service if you have any questions at SUCustomerService@Cardiff.ac.uk.
What do I do if I have lost my wristband or stadium ticket?
Unfortunately, we are unable to reissue tickets or wristbands as stated in our terms and conditions.
Can a competitors family members attend their specific event/fixture?
Further information on how to purchase a competitors family members ticket will be released at a later date.
AFTER PARTY
Are the Official Afterparty YOLO tickets included in the Varsity tickets?
No – Tickets to the official Afterparty are available to purchase separately. You must have purchased a Welsh Varsity 2024 ticket to purchase an Afterparty ticket.
Can I buy an After Party ticket if I’m not going to the Welsh Varsity event at in Swansea?
No, After Party access is only available to students that have purchased a Varsity package. There is a set capacity for the After Party so once tickets are sold out we won’t be able to release any more.
Will there be tickets on the door for the official afterparty?
There will be no tickets available on the door.
COLLECTION
How do I collect my ticket?
Ticket collection will be held Cardiff Students’ Union after the Easter recess. More information will be emailed to you before collection.
When do we collect our t-shirts?
You will collect your t-shirts on the same day as your tickets. A range of sizes will be available on a first come first served basis.
ON THE DAY
Can we take alcohol to the day games?
Bag searches and security will be in place across multiple venues. All venues are licensed sites so only alcohol purchased on the premises can be consumed. There will be food and drink available all day at student friendly prices.
Can I take food with me for the day?
Yes, food may be taken into the event and refreshments will be available throughout the day at student friendly prices on site at Swansea Bay Sports Park and the Swansea.com stadium. Please be aware however, that items such as, glass containers, metal cutlery or other items that could cause injury will not be permitted to be brought into the site.
OTHER
What other events are going on?
Visit welshvarsity.com to see a full list of fixtures – please note these may be subject to change as the event gets closer, we recommend checking regularly for the latest info.
What ID does the Students’ Union accept?
Valid passport or valid driver’s license ONLY.
Is there a hashtag? What’s happening on social media?
Yes, we’re using #TeamCardiff on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Get the latest scores and updates from @CardiffStudents. You can also follow #WelshVarsity and @WelshVarsity on Twitter.
Does my ticket cover other Varsity fixtures that are happening on other days apart from Wednesday 24th April?
Yes, you can attend the other fixtures that are happening. If you would like to go along to support, please speak to the club committee who will liaise with the Athletic Union team.
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