Welcome to the final bulletin update for the FISU 2018 World University Squash Championship. With just a couple of weeks to go until the event, we look forward to welcoming everyone to Birmingham for what promises to be a top quality competition. Read on for details about what you can expect from your Birmingham experience between 6 and 12 September, and don’t forget to follow our Twitter and Facebook pages and check out the website to keep up to date with daily photos, reports and updates during the event. We look forward to welcoming you onto campus.
As well as being the first time a FISU World University Championship comes to Birmingham, the 2018 edition will also see a record number of individuals and countries competing. 56 male and 28 female players, from 21 nations, are confirmed for the individual competition – and following the final of these on 9 September, 13 nations will also compete in the team championship – a fantastic turn-out.
A shuttle bus will be provided for all athletes and officials from both Birmingham International Airport (BHX) and Birmingham New Street train station on arrival. If you’re entering the country at a different location, please make your own way to either of the above entry ports or the venue itself.
If you are arriving at a different airport, see below for the information regarding travelling to the University of Birmingham, including useful links for travel arrangements, different options of transport and travel times.
Arrivals and Accommodation
When you arrive in Birmingham, the first point of call is at the Bournbrook Pavilion (next to Starbucks coffee shop). This is where accreditation and registration will be, and is the first thing you need to do on arrival. Please note: the Head of Delegation must have all relevant and requested documents on hand to present at registration. A Player’s Handbook has also been collated which contains all of the relevant information for the Championship; this will be available online soon.
Following this, you can check in to your accommodation. There is plenty of space to enjoy a coffee in Starbucks next door, or a drink in Brook’s bar (immediately above the registration desk, following the stairs on your left) whilst you are waiting.
See link below for a map of the University of Birmingham campus. Please note relevant points:
Y18 (bottom left of map) = Bournbrook Pavilion and Accommodation
In between B12 and Y16 (left of map) = University Train Station
O7 (bottom right of map) = Sport & Fitness club
Our on-campus Chaplaincy is based at St Francis Hall (building O2 on the campus map), next to the Guild of Students and the East Gate. St Francis Hall is usually open from 9am until 8pm, and there are several rooms available for worship and relaxation, plus a Quiet Space for prayer and meditation. For more information, email the Chaplaincy.
Tickets for the individual and team semi-finals and finals are now available to buy online – so if you have friends or family who would like to come and watch, they can purchase tickets by following the link below.
Stay in touch
We can’t wait to see all your pictures, posts and videos during the event – be sure to tag @WUCSquash2018 on Twitter and use the hashtag #WUCSquash2018 so we can see all of your content! Plus, if you’re in the Sport & Fitness club (@UBSportFitness) or in the accommodation building, feel free to use the UoB guest WiFi to share your posts.