To: All students, faculty and staff on UBC’s Vancouver campus
The University has announced today the result of the sport review of the 29 Vancouver varsity teams.
After a rigorous two-stage assessment, 24 teams have retained varsity status. These teams will be placed into three groups based on their readiness to excel, and we will focus our resources on the teams that demonstrate success (See confirmed teams below). The remaining five teams will form the heart of our competitive clubs, a new category of sport created so more students can experience sport at a high level. We will be expanding this group this coming month. Next year will be one of transition, after which the new sport model will be launched in September 2015.
I want to thank everyone who participated in this challenging task. Thanks to your enthusiasm and creativity, we have landed in a very solid place.
First, a greater number of UBC students will now have the chance to experience competitive sport on campus, thanks to our competitive clubs. Second, we now have innovative new hybrid funding formulas that several teams are exploring. Third, and perhaps most importantly, the UBC Thunderbirds are now on a much more sustainable footing. We have taken stock against clear criteria of excellence: teams know where they stand and where they need to improve.
Finally, this review has generated widespread support from alumni, sports organizations and community groups. They told us they want to be involved in helping each varsity team reach its potential, and have already pledged more than $4 million in new support.
There is no doubt in my mind that the future of sport at UBC is very bright indeed.
Confirmed Vancouver campus varsity teams
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Among confirmed varsity teams, UBC will focus enhanced resources (specifically sport science and medicine, management and marketing) on teams that have been assessed most ready to achieve excellence across the criteria.
Teams to receive enhanced support (seven)
Basketball: men and women
Swimming: men and women
Volleyball: men and women
Teams to receive current support with some limited enhancements (thirteen)
Cross country: men and women
Field hockey: women
Golf: men and women
Ice hockey: women
Rowing: men and women
Soccer: men and women
Track and field: men and women
Teams, each in unique situations, given more time to pursue hybrid funding (four)
Ice hockey: men
Field hockey: men
Teams realigned to competitive club* (five)
Alpine skiing: men and women
Nordic skiing: men and women
*Varsity teams realigned to competitive clubs will have permission to continue to compete with the Thunderbird name. The branding for other clubs joining the competitive club strand will be determined for 2015-16.