Wednesday 7 March sees the annual Varsity event. This show down of colossal magnitude will see the Imperial College teams take on the Imperial College Medics in everything from rugby to water polo. Spread across three different sites in London the day finishes with ICU RFC going head to head with ICSM RFC in the JPR Williams Rugby Varsity Match at Richmond Athletic Association Ground.
In addition to the Varsity Match, the two main sites for the day are Harlington Sports Ground and Ethos. Harlington will play host to rugby, football, lacrosse and hockey matches, which spectators require tickets to view, with matches starting at 12:00. After the Harlington results are announced, the crowds will be bused over to the Richmond Ground for the grand finale. Meanwhile the yearly mix of netball, badminton and water polo will be supplemented by squash games, at Ethos. Unfortunately the new sports centre lacks viewing areas and so matches held there are not open to spectators.
The main Varsity Match (kick-off at 1930), is named after St Mary's old boy, John Peter Rhys Williams, a former Wales full back and is the largest spectator event in Imperial sports. Set up in 2003 the event has grown in popularity ever since with 2005 seeing the first Varsity Day. This year the timetable of events has expanded even further thanks to new facilities offered by Ethos.
Tickets are available online from the Union website or from Ethos from Monay 12 February. £10 buys to access to all the matches including the JPR Williams game, as well as transport to and from South Kensington/Charing Cross. Transport and the JPR Williams match only is £8 and options excluding transport are availble. This years' event is in association with right to Play, who use sport as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.