UV Party Review

So, the UV Party. 14th November 2015.

Last year’s UV Party was the first Active Students event of it’s kind, and it had great success with all three sports halls being overfilled with students for the full three hours it was running. Due to this success, and with more activators on the books this year, how could we not run a similar event? Following with the Active Students tradition, this event was free to attend.

For this year we had decided to host the same sports as last year; table tennis, short tennis, ultimate frisbee, and badminton. This year however, we chose to add a new sport due in the form of volleyball due to the expertise of our own activator and Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) Mateusz Plaza.

Before the night had even started, we all had to set up the venue with the equipment, lighting, face paints and the UV taping on the floor, which can be seen in the picture below.

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It wasn’t just the halls that needed setting up though, as we had also sectioned off a part of Café Sport to allow for a station where students can get UV’ed up with face paints, chalk and glow sticks to fit in with the UV theme, as seen in the picture below some students took full advantage of this, much to our happiness. Throughout the night, students were coming back twice, even three times to add even more UV’ness to themselves, so it must have been popular!

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Once the night got underway, we saw around 150 students turn up within the first hour and the inclusion of volleyball seemed to be a very strong choice, as the traditional 6-a-side game became more of a 14-a-side social match, with even more volleyball fans hitting a ball around right next to the court. Badminton offered similar results with 6 people on a court at any one time, and even more students playing inbetween the courts. We were also joined on the night for our very own Levon D’Souza, who is an activator and a University Badminton Officer, he can be seen below giving us a massive smile.

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Halfway through the night, at about 7:30, we had to take down the multicoloured short tennis balls and the table tennis tables to make room for last years headline sport; ultimate frisbee. As always, the AU Ultimate Frisbee team were on hand to help out with the event and help students who had never even played frisbee before to give them a hand in how to play the sport. This year round it turned out to be just as popular as the previous year.

Overall, it was a very successful event, with over 300 students in attendance, below are a few of our favourite photos from the event. We do have to pass on our thanks to the Herts Sports Village for helping us host and prepare the event. Don’t forget to also like us on Facebook (/UHactivestudents) and follow us on Twitter (@activestudents) for the latest news and updates about all of our sessions.

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