In the third and final part of our BUCS Big Wednesday 2023 preview, we look at all the Championship finals taking place in sports S-W.

In the third and final part of our BUCS Big Wednesday 2023 preview, we look at which teams will be playing for national glory in six sports: Squash, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wheelchair Basketball.

To find out more about BUCS Big Wednesday and this year’s event, click the links to read part one (A-F) and part two (H-R) of our event preview series.

Championship Final Previews: Sports S-W

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Two powerhouses in UK university squash will once again feature in the Squash Championship finals as UWE and Birmingham go head to head in both men’s and women’s finals.

In the men’s Championship final, Premier National champions UWE will be looking to retain their national title in a repeat of last year’s final against Birmingham. The two teams have already met twice this season, with UWE winning both of the league fixtures by a considerable margin.

After losing 3-2 in last year’s final, Birmingham have another shot at national glory this time around. The Premier National South champions will meet UWE for the third time this season, with the series currently tied 1-1.

Squash Finals

Women’s Trophy Imperial vs. Nottingham 2’s
2:00PM – 5:30PM
Men’s Trophy Nottingham 2’s vs. UWE 2’s
7:00PM – 9:30PM
Women’s Championship UWE vs. Birmingham
2:00PM – 5:30PM
Men’s Championship UWE vs. Birmingham
7:00PM – 9:30PM

Table Tennis

Hosts Nottingham will look to defend their national titles in both the men’s and women’s Championship finals.

With both of Nottingham’s men’s and women’s teams yet to lose a single match this season, the reigning UK university table tennis champions are well placed to deliver back-to-back titles.

In the men’s table tennis Championship final, local rivals Nottingham Trent will attempt to spoil the party. Women’s Premier South champions Central Lancashire will be hoping to stop the hosts.

Table Tennis Finals

Women’s Trophy Imperial vs. Nottingham 2’s
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Men’s Trophy Nottingham Trent 2’s vs. Warwick
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Women’s Championship UCL vs. Nottingham
11:30AM – 2:30PM
Men’s Championship Nottingham vs. Nottingham Trent
11:30AM – 2:30PM


Bath and Stirling, two of the finest university tennis teams in the UK, will compete against each other in the finals of both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships.

After suffering defeat in last year’s final to Loughborough, Stirling will have another shot at national glory as they take on Bath in the men’s Championship final.

Premier National champions Bath are still undefeated this season and will look to finish the year on an even higher note by adding a national title to their resume.

Tennis Finals

Women’s Trophy Nottingham 2’s vs. Loughborough 2’s
9:00AM – 5:30PM
Men’s Trophy Bath 2’s vs. Stirling 2’s
9:00AM – 5:30PM
Women’s Championship Bath vs. Stirling
9:00AM – 5:30PM
Men’s Championship Bath vs. Stirling
9:00AM – 5:30PM


This year’s Men’s Volleyball Championship final will be contested between last year’s winners Essex and Durham. Premier South champions Essex are unbeaten going into the final game of the season as they look to defend their national title against Premier North champions Durham.

Hosts Nottingham will have a chance to dethrone the reigning champions Durham in the Women’s Championship final. Nottingham’s only two defeats of the season have both come to Durham who only dropped one game on their way to becoming Premier North champions.

Volleyball Finals

Women’s Trophy Anglia Ruskin vs. Aberdeen
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Men’s Trophy Strathclyde vs. Oxford
9:30AM – 11:30PM
Women’s Championship Nottingham vs. Durham
8:00PM – 10:00PM
Men’s Championship Essex vs. Durham
5:30PM – 7:30PM

Water Polo

Reigning national champions Edinburgh return to defend their national title in this year’s final against Premier North champions Durham. The two teams have played twice already in the league this year, with Durham winning both 13-9 and 14-9.

Durham return to the Women’s Championship final after losing out to St Andrew’s last year. They will be taking on the hosts Nottingham in what will be the third time the teams have met this year. Similar to the men’s team, Durham also lead the season series 2-0.

Water Polo Finals

Women’s Trophy Exeter vs. Sheffield
11:30AM – 1:00PM
Men’s Trophy Cambridge vs. Liverpool
9:30AM – 11:00AM
Women’s Championship Durham vs. Nottingham
3:15PM – 5:00PM
Men’s Championship Edinburgh vs. Durham
1:45PM – 3:00PM

Wheelchair Basketball

Last year’s runners-up Cardiff Met will look to avenge their defeat to hosts Nottingham as they take on Worcester in only the second-ever BUCS Wheelchair Basketball Championship final.

Both teams arrive in excellent form with Cardiff Met having dominated the Southern Tier 1 division, and Worcester winning the Midlands Tier 1 division.

Wheelchair Basketball Finals

Open Championship Cardiff Met vs. Worcester
2:30PM – 4:30PM

Look out for our results blog coming later this week when we highlight every winning team at BUCS Big Wednesday 2023!

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