For students with a passion for sports, opportunities to represent their institutions on national and international stages are invaluable.

Earlier this week, over 140 students travelled to Loughborough University to compete in the inaugural Nations Cup, a brand new representative sporting event contested between athletes from English and Welsh Universities.

Organised by two key national student sport associations, English Universities Sport and Welsh Student Sport, students are selected by coaches and support staff at their respective associations based on their contributions throughout the regular season.

Ten teams of exceptional athletes from 40 universities across both nations competed in a thrilling five-game series in Football, Hockey, and Netball, celebrating the competitive spirit between England and Wales while showcasing the opportunities for high-performance athletes in higher education.

Discover everything you need to know about The Nations Cup below.

What is The Nations Cup?

The Nations Cup is a mutisport event, designed to showcase the immense talent within the UK’s higher education sector.

Delivered by two national student sport associations, English Universities Sport and Welsh Student Sport, the first ever Nations Cup will feature 10 teams across 3 different sports, Football, Hockey, and Netball.

Where did The Nations Cup 2024 take place?

The inaugural Nations Cup took place at Loughborough University, a globally renowned institution known for its exceptional athletes and world-class sporting facilities.

Recently named ‘Best Sporting University in the World’ for the eighth consecutive year [Global QS rankings], Loughborough is the premier hub for UK university sporting excellence.

After hosting thousands of students on campus earlier this year for the biggest student sporting event on the UK University sport calendar in BUCS Big Wednesday 2024, Loughborough provided the perfect backdrop for another 24 hours of exciting university sport.

Meet the teams of 2024

Dedicated coaches and support staff from both national student sport associations, EUS and WSS, each selected a pool of talented students who have impressed all season with their university sports teams.


Andri Demiri Bournemouth
Josiah Barker Chichester
Jack Camarda Durham
Luke Steer Exeter
Max Culverwell Leeds
Lewis Hey Leeds Beckett
George Ward Loughborough
Luke Merrill Manchester
Cameron Gascoigne Northumbria
Ben Milburn Northumbria
Dan Myers Northumbria
Eddie Thomas Northumbria
Luke Cox Nottingham Trent
Tom Jones Nottingham Trent
Tom Cursons Nottingham Trent
Trevor Caborn Surrey


Olly Redhead Cardiff
Jack Veale Cardiff Met
Gruff Morgan Cardiff Met
CJ Craven Cardiff Met
Dixon Kabongo Cardiff Met
Charlie Bullock Cardiff Met
Gabe Kirkough Cardiff Met
Fin Skiverton
Cardiff Met
Jake Morris
Cardiff Met
Tom Vincent
Cardiff Met
Callum Jenkins
Cardiff Met
Barney Soady
Cardiff Met
Brandon Roberts
Cardiff Met
Evan Cadwallader
Cardiff Met
Harry Irving Cardiff Met
Ethan Vaughan South Wales


Daisy Wickett Birmingham
Hannah Snape Birmingham
Tiana Russel Cartwright Birmingham
Anna Draper Coventry
Emily Brett Derby
Carys Lowry Hartpury
Tyana Chambers Herttfordshire
Bobbi Lumbert Liverpool John Moores
Ebonie Knox Northumbria
Grace Boyes Northumbria
Alicia Grimmond Nottingham Trent
Eloise Hemborough Nottingham Trent
Molly Sunderland Nottingham Trent
Sarah Newton Nottingham Trent
Senna Garcia Nottingham Trent
Jess Mett Teesside


Sophie Steele
Carys Gittins Cardiff Met
Sophie Davidson Cardiff Met
Tiggeraa Webb Cardiff Met
Chelsea Cochrane Cardiff Met
Emily Richards Cardiff Met
Amelia Dale Cardiff
Gwen Alaw Roberts Cardiff
Hannah Perkins Swansea
Jessica Goucher Swansea
Ffion Simmonds South Wales
Taite Trivett South Wales
Jessie Taylor South Wales
Chloe Chivers South Wales
Molly Jones South Wales
Meg Saunders South Wales


Josh Steel Chichester
Elliot Scott Chichester
Oscar Pace Chichester
Robert Goldthorp Newcastle
Luis Cuttle Nottingham
Ben Shardlow (C) Nottingham
Zak Buck Nottingham
Harry McGugan Nottingham Trent
William Wright Royal Vet. College
Alexander Molyneux Sheffield Hallam
Thomas Nash Sheffield Hallam
Sam Nash Winchester
Daniel Richards Worcester


David Aspray Cardiff Met
David Robinson Cardiff Met
Hari Bhogal Cardiff Met
James Pettitt Cardiff Met
Joshua Mill Cardiff Met
Matty George Cardiff Met
Xavier Stott Cardiff Met
Jack Ellison Cardiff Met
Euan Jones Cardiff
Henry Cook Cardiff
Liam Barker Cardiff
Callum Chapman Solent
Ben Cooper Swansea
Ewan Turner Swansea
Nathan Dean Swansea


Bethan Collier Bath Spa
Ellie Scott (C) Bedfordshire
Rosie Martineau Bournemouth
Harriet Shenton Bournemouth
Lana Jones-Wallis Bournemouth
Lauren Jones Bournemouth
Kristin Wilkinson Liverpool
Jess Madden-Waite Loughborough
Kathryn Boyd Loughborough
Gemma Croker Loughborough
Elloise Jorritsma Loughborough
Kate Burgin Sheffield Hallam
Molly Pates Solent
Maisie Davidson St. Mary’s
Cassidy Jorritsma Worcester


Lily Knott Cardiff Met
Maddie Larkin Cardiff Met
Ella Bradley Cardiff Met
Jamie Bulbring Cardiff Met
Lucy Crompton Cardiff Met
Lottie Atkinson Cardiff Met
Caitlin Waller Cardiff Met
Jemima Robinson Cardiff Met
Megan Watts Cardiff Met
Freya Leighton-Jones Cardiff
Esther Smellie Cardiff
Jessica Waddington Swansea
Harriet Barker Swansea
Connie Potts Swansea
Fleur Gallagher Swansea
Esta Greenhaigh Swansea


Phoebe Wickham Birmingham
Hannah Diamond Birmingham
Sophie Shipway (VC) Birmingham
Ellie Harding Birmingham
Layla Brough Hartpury
Melissa Robinson (C) Hertfordshire
Antonia Mitchell Loughborough
Niamh Kilgallen Loughborough
Celena Appleby-Prince Loughborough
Megan Allen (VC) Loughborough


Cerys Davies Bangor
Ellice Gallagher Bangor
Jemma Milburn (TR) Bangor
Isabelle Claxton Cardiff Met
Georgia Hellerman Cardiff Met
Lowri Stephens Cardiff Met
Gwenan Williams Cardiff Met
Josie Williams Cardiff Met
Abi Campbell Cardiff
Sarah Cole Swansea
Caitlin Gillings Swansea
Lauren McRobbie Swansea
Tigerlily Romaine Swansea

England Crowned Inaugural Nations Cup Winners!

With victories in the men’s and women’s football, netball, and men’s hockey, it was English Universities Sport who come away with a 4-1 series win against a resilient Welsh contingent.

Team Captain, Mel Robinson, of the University of Hertfordshire Netball Team had the honour of proudly lifting the inaugural Nations Cup trophy after leading her EUS team to a thrilling victory in the final match, cementing their overall triumph and celebrating a remarkable day of competitive university sport.

Want to learn more about English Universities Sport?

English Universities Sport (EUS) provides a range of sporting opportunities for students at universities throughout England, offering representative teams in Basketball, Football, Rugby, Hockey, and Netball.

As well as providing student-athletes with the chance to compete at a high level, students can also benefit from professional coaching support, performance support nutrition, performance analysis, and match analysis.

Learn more about English Universities Sport via the link below.

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