To book your ticket, please use the booking form at the bottom of this page.
The Varsity Rugby Match is back and bigger than ever!
This year, as well as the usual fun that comes with a day out at the rugby, we’re also celebrating 30 years since the Women’s team joined the Varsity Games! With that comes an array of exciting things to look forward to.
The thrills begin at 11:30 with the celebrated Cambridge Women’s team kicking off against the Oxford Blues, before the Men's game begins at 15:00.
We are pleased to announce there are two ticketing options this year.
The first is the Varsity Gathering ticket (£45), which not only gives you spectacular views of the games in Top Class seats, but also grants you access to the Varsity Gathering. This year’s Varsity Gathering will take place in the illustrious Rose Room. This is based in the South of the arena, surround by various food outlets and a private cash bar within. In addition to this being a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and network, this year the gathering will also have two speakers delivering a short talk between the Women’s and the Men’s games; Eddie Butler and Simon Halliday.
Eddie Butler played for Cambridge at number eight from 1976 to 1978, and captained the famous Pontypool team of the 1980s. He played 16 times for Wales and was captain in 6 of those matches. Eddie played in the 1983 British Lions tour of New Zealand, and was a Barbarian.
Eddie is well recognized as a BBC sports commentator, as well as being a journalist for the Observer and for the Guardian
Simon Halliday played for Oxford University from 1979 till 1981, winning one and losing two Varsity matches. He went on to play for Bath Rugby Club 170 times including 5 successive Cup Finals, before moving to Harlequins in 1990, before retiring in 1992 due to long-term injuries. Simon played in the centre for England alongside Will Carling, before being replaced by Jeremy Guscott. Simon is now the Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby, whose decisions impact on the lives of rugby players across Europe.
Following the Men’s game, the gathering will continue with live musical entertainment.
The second ticket option is one we’re particularly excited about. Choose our Seminar Ticket (£170) and, in addition to all of the above, you will be able to attend the exclusive Varsity CPD Seminar: Develop Resilience.
Leadership entails making decisions and actions in difficult circumstances. In many cases there will be a successful outcome, but, in some cases, there may be adverse consequences. Resilience is the ability of the leader to bounce back from adversity. In this session, we shall look at the research on resilience in leadership and identify core ways in which resilience can be developed in the leader.
A sandwich lunch will be provided following the Women’s game, before the seminar begins at 13:30. On the panel we have
Philip Stiles is associate professor in Organizational Behaviour at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Director of the Centre for International Human Resource Management. Philip’s principal research area is in people, leadership and culture. He developed a research group involving 30 companies worldwide. This research is focused on the linkages between leadership, culture and innovation.
Philip has been awarded the University of Cambridge Pilkington prize for Teaching Excellence. He consults to a number of organizations, concerning leadership and talent management, performance management, development and change management.
Sue Day has 59 caps for England and played in three World Cups scoring 61 tries. She then became the first female president of Wasps Rugby Club, and is now chief financial officer of the RFU
Steph Cook won the gold medal in modern pentathlon at the Sydney Olympics after rowing at Cambridge, before completing her course in clinical medicine at Oxford. Steph is now a doctor.
Karena Vleck played in the inaugural Women’s Varsity Match in 1988, and was general Counsel at the RFU up till 2017. Karena Vleck will host a discussion between Dr Philip Stiles, Sue Day and Steph Cook.
Participants will gain 1.5 CPD points.
Once the Seminar is complete, you will have sufficient time to make your way to the Men’s game and, later, join your comrades at The Varsity Gathering in The Rose Room.
After leaving 2017’s Varsity Match victorious in both the Cambridge Men’s and Cambridge Women’s teams, we’re very excited to be part of what promises to be another fantastic event.
Please use the ticket form below to book your place. Please note, the deadline to book for the exclusive Varsity CPD Seminar: Develop Resilience is Monday 24 September.