[Charlie Pearson | Sports Editor]
For the last five years, the University of Hertfordshire has been running UH Campus Football, an inter-university football programme set up to allow students to play in a league format throughout their time at the University.
UH Campus Football offers a variety of different games, including 6-a-side and 11-a-side football, as well as Futsal, 5-a-side football played indoors.
The wide variety of competitions available allows more students to get involved and enjoy playing with friends and people they know, whilst at the same time, experiencing the competitive nature of a league set-up.
As another semester is now underway, it is time for the fun, enjoyment and competitiveness to begin
However, as a captain of a campus team myself, Hangover 96, I know it was not as simple as that to begin with. Internationals going home, players leaving and a number of other things led to us to only having six players committed to signing at one stage, with just two days to go before the deadline.
However, the annual event of Get Into Football Day was our saving grace.
The event took place on Wednesday 14th October and was dedicated to players finding teams for all of the different formats: 6-a-aside, 11-a-side and Futsal, and even for players to create their own teams for the semester ahead.
The 11-a-side set-up allowed students to go along and participate in a number of matches, whilst captains on the sidelines desperately tried to make additions to their squads.
By attending the event, we were able to add eight players to our squad, and start building on last year’s rather disappointing fifth place finish!
11-a-side Campus Football will be running, as it was last year, on Wednesday afternoons on the de Havilland New Generation pitches. The aim, at the time of writing this article, is to have two leagues with each team playing one another once and matches lasting 30 minutes each way.
Trident Media’s UnionTV aims to cover the event through the Recap Show, which was a big hit among viewers last year. The show goes out every week with all the Campus Football action from those Wednesday afternoons, so be sure to check out tridentmedia.org for Trident’s answer to Match of the Day!