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Roses

The War of the Roses conitnues in great sporting tradition with the annual intervarsity competition between the students of Lancaster and York.

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50 different sports and more than 100 different fixtures over one weekend decides the victor!

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A major highlight in the University calendar

Crowned the largest varsity competition in Europe, the two institutions take it in turns to host, with students competing in more than 50 different sports and 100 fixtures over one weekend, early in third term. The last meeting was hosted by York with hundreds of students, staff and alumni travelling to York to support our teams!

History in the making

The first competition took place more than 50 years ago in 1965 and since then, the competition has become stronger, the rivalries more intense, and the celebrations ever more deserving. Home or away, it's always too close to call and an all-round great weekend. Each player, each team making a little piece of history as they compete.

Footballers celebrating the win
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Bringing people together

Whilst the main focus of the weekend is on our sports teams competing, students, staff, alumni and the local community come together and get involved to make the competition even more of a spectacle. With huge support from the Students' Union and the Sport Lancaster Team, Roses hosts a wide range of cultural events alongside the sporting events.

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A winning collaboration

The Sport Lancaster Team and Students' Union work tirelessly year round to support our teams and societies. There's more information on the Students' Union website about how you can get involved and sign up or for a look at the teams and societies that we support, simply follow the link below.

Teams & Societies