Lauren Andrews and EUTRC accepting the award.

Exeter Awarded Legacy Gold Standard award

The 29th September was a good day for Rugby in Exeter. Sandy Park, home to the Exeter Chiefs played host to their first Rugby World Cup 2015 between Tonga and Namibia and the University welcomed Chairman of the RFU, Mr Bill Beaumont to the Sports Park. The University of Exeter have been recognised as one of the leading institutions for providing mixed touch rugby, through their thriving O2 Touch programme and Mr Beaumont presented the Gold Legacy Award.

With a little help from the weather and the Touch Rugby club coming along to show support, Mr Beaumont arrived with a number of touch rugby games in full swing. The small sided games were brought to a halt, whilst Mr Beaumont said a few words and presented the award. The programme now in its second year at Exeter has seen participation numbers rise far quicker than most other universities since its launch and are set for another exciting year ahead.

The RFU set up the O2 Touch programme with the intention of creating a fun and friendly environment for both men and women of all abilities to get involved in touch rugby. It’s the perfect opportunity to get fit, have fun and get started in a new sport you haven’t tried before.

Lauren Andrews, Participation & Volunteering coordinator (AU), who heads up the O2 touch programme at Exeter, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the University.

Bill Beaumont commented:

‘As the chairman of the RFU and an ex-player who’s sons have all gone to University I am happy to be here at the University of Exeter. They have a conveyer belt of talent and producing top players so I am delighted to be awarding them the Legacy Gold Standard award for their O2 touch programme. Keep up the good work.’

If you are interested in touch rugby why not come along to the ‘Pitch up and Play’ session:






O2 Mixed Touch Rugby



Rubber Crumb, Streatham Campus



Date 29 September 2015

About the University of Exeter

Exeter named UK’s top university for sport

The University of Exeter has been named as the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2016, in recognition of excellence in sports performance, education and research.

The award acknowledges Exeter as the best in the country in academia and athletic achievement across a wide range of sports. It takes into account the University’s outstanding support for athletes, very high student satisfaction in sport-related programmes and world-leading research which enhances athletic performance at all levels.

Date: 1 October 2015