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Five Things That Will Let You Live in the Moment

Five Things That Will Let You Live in the Moment

You may have read my previous recruitment consultant blogs about accepting the past, learning from it and then planning for your future and letting go of any concerns about how it may turn out. Ultimately, what these blogs allude to is the huge power of being fully present in this moment right now. The benefits of doing so consistently are huge and include:

  • A richer experience of life
  • More success
  • More happiness

It’s amazing isn’t that you can simply change your thinking and then get all the benefits above. So why wouldn’t you?

1. Put Your Focus Where It Counts

The reality is that you can only affect the present moment. The past is gone and you can only affect the future by the actions you take in the present. You should therefore have all of your mental resources focused on delivering in the present moment. Although we like to think we can multi-task, research has shown that this is a fallacy. If you are undertaking more than one task at any time you will never get as much from each task as if you had focused on them exclusively. This is what happens when you divert your attention from the present moment to either the past or the future. You will be underperforming at the only time you can actually make a difference!

2. Have a Richer Experience

Some people struggle to let go of emotional attachment to the past or to the future. For example, two deals in a row have just fallen over. You feel bad about it and you can’t seem to get over it and move on. You keep holding on to it. For some people the idea of losing emotional attachment to their past and future would mean that they would become unemotional – almost inhuman – and therefore it is somehow impossible or even wrong to achieve. This couldn’t be further from the truth. By connecting strongly with the present moment (by letting go of your attachment to the past and future), this actually enables you to feel stronger emotions. We’ve all been there. You’re out with your friends or family and it should be a joyous occasion, but you don’t feel joy because your mind is elsewhere. Perhaps you’re guilty about something you did or didn’t do or concerned that you may not hit your monthly target. If you can focus on the present moment fully then what you will actually find is that your experience of life becomes a lot richer. An extension of this is to fully appreciate when things have gone well. Often things do go well. However, when I’m training candidates going through the SuperGrad programme, they will often not fully appreciate this when their minds are concerned about what didn’t go well or what might not go so well in the future. By fully focusing on the present moment, the candidate can fully accept what has happened and what they have achieved and in so doing they can fully appreciate when things have gone well. This can be hugely motivational.

3. Better Rapport

The ability to connect with the present moment also makes it a lot easier to connect with people and develop strong rapport. Rapport is the bedrock of every relationship. And, in the business of recruitment, your relationships are everything. Being present means really being there and not with your mind elsewhere. Being fully present with a client or candidate leads to clearer communication and, ultimately, a stronger feeling of connection. Increasing your ability to build rapport and relationships naturally leads to an increase in your success as a recruiter.

4. More Opportunities

Something else that will happen frequently when you are more present in the moment will be that you will spot more opportunities. I often see candidates on our going through the SuperGrad programme who, when carrying additional concerns and worries, will miss opportunities whilst on a call. They won’t notice that a person they’re speaking to could become a client or vice versa. They won’t spot that a candidate is open to giving them more leads. They will miss very obvious ‘buy’ signals and also fail to deal with objections. If you spot more opportunities you are also in a position to take advantage of them. And this along with an increase with rapport will naturally lead to much greater success as a recruiter.

5. Be Happy – Avoid the Work Life Blur

You will also significantly increase your levels of happiness and your overall experience of life by living moment to moment, appreciating each and every day as it unfolds. This is something you can do without giving up any of your long-term goals. You don’t have to choose between success and having a joyful life. Everyone has heard of getting a work life balance, but most people end up with a work life blur. When they are away from work they are thinking about work and when they are at work they are not solely focused on the task at hand. This is both exhausting and unproductive. It is far better to separate the two by living in the moment.


I fully appreciate that right now you may be someone who spends time thinking and wishing that the past was different and worrying that the future will go according to plan. This is totally understandable. This is most likely how you have been taught to operate in the world. The main point here is that this is learned behavior and if you’ve learnt it you can also unlearn it. I want to be completely clear: living in the now, is purely a shift in the way you think. It won’t cost you a penny, you won’t have to do anything and there really are no downsides. So it really is a no brainer. There is so much to be gained by living in the moment. By contrast, an inability to live in the moment and to focus your attention on what you are doing in that moment is one of the biggest factors that leads to exhaustion, ever diminishing returns and unhappiness in your role. So, make a commitment to keeping your attention to what you are doing in the moment and enjoy all the many benefits that this will bring.

Nick Broughton is a thought-leader in how to use mindset training to unlock a consultant’s full potential. He runs the SuperGrad programme which helps top-performing graduates find their dream jobs in sales and makes sure they succeed, with an enviable track record of consistently helping consultants to dramatically step-change their production.

To find out how we can help you find your dream job, submit your CV now. One of our consultants will get in touch to have a chat if they think you have what it takes to succeed in recruitment.

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Drinks With The Team!

So you’ve interviewed well, possibly gone through two or three rounds of formal interviews and now you’ve been asked to go for some social drinks with the team.

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The Importance of Eye Contact

How much consideration have you given to eye contact during an interview?

I’m going to make two very obvious statements. The first, that one of your main jobs in an interview is to build rapport with your interviewer. And second, that eye contact is a key factor in helping you to build that rapport.

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June 4, 2015 0 Comments

Internet Dating and Your Job Search

Have you ever thought about the similarities between internet dating and your job search?

With the shift towards ever-more transactional internet dating, and the ever-increasing amounts of data being easily available to everyone, two situations are now occurring regularly in both internet dating and job hunting that are working against the would-be candidate or dater. Continue reading →

May 28, 2015 0 Comments

How Social Media Impacts Your Interview

There’s two sides of the story – how you do your research on your interviewer and how your interviewer does his research on you. As you can imagine, recruiters will have an easier time to get a good understanding of your profile in just a couple of minutes, while you might not know where to start. The thing most graduates forget is that Social Media is not just for fun – you can learn as much about your recruiter as he can learn about you, all through Social Media. Continue reading →

April 30, 2015 0 Comments

Relax to Recharge


With a long weekend coming up, you’re bound to have a couple of relaxing days. Or are you? We find that some people don’t really know how to relax – their brain is still work-focused, even after work. A beer might help, but that’s not an everyday solution, is it?

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April 2, 2015 0 Comments

The Science Of Achieving Your Goals

In Recruitment, we work with targets every day. Targets are great because they give us a clear yardstick by which we can measure our performance. However, even in a meritocratic industry like recruitment, where setting and achieving our own goals is central to our success, many consultants struggle to undertake effective goal setting and monitoring. Below are some steps that can help you understand the science of achieving your goals: Continue reading →

March 26, 2015 0 Comments

How to Be the Most Productive Person You Know

You have Facebook, Twitter, endless apps on your phone, YouTube videos, Vimeo videos and countless other distractions that make being productive difficult. You used to procrastinate for a couple of minutes texting someone, but now you find yourself scrolling down on your Newsfeed with no finality for an hour. To be truly successful in 2015, you have to learn how to keep focused in a stimulus rich environment, otherwise your productivity will plummet.
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March 12, 2015 0 Comments

How to write the ultimate LinkedIn profile

How to write the ultimate LinkedIn profile

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Having an effective Linkedin profile signals that you are ready to jump into the ‘real world’ and are genuinely interested in your professional life. It is also the best way of creating a virtual profile with a professional focus, rather than a social one, like you may have on Facebook or Twitter. However, this doesn’t mean that any profile is good; a badly-written profile could easily create more harm than good so it is important to get it right.
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March 6, 2015 0 Comments

How to Ruin an Interview

There are a lot of ways to start off your interview the wrong way, even before having the chance to speak. It’s all about first impressions! We went to a Graduate Careers Fair a couple of days ago and we wanted to mix things up a bit – so we asked people to give us their two cents on how to ruin an interview. We asked students what was the worst fashion choice you could make before an interview and what’s the worst interview question you could get.
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February 26, 2015 0 Comments

6 Things You Wish You Would Have Learned at University


At SuperGrad we meet graduates every day. Although they’re intelligent and ambitious, there are often many things that they could improve on – in their personal life, their professional one and especially in the interview room. It would certainly put you ahead of the pack if you could finish university with a basic knowledge around these subjects:

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February 19, 2015 0 Comments

QUIZ: Are you in love with your job?


While some people frown upon having two relationships at the same time, we think that it’s ideal… as long as one of them is with your job! You might think that it sounds ridiculous, but the best way to have a successful career and achieve your potential is to simply love your job!
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February 12, 2015 0 Comments

Sleep your way to Success

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If you’re like any other 20-something out there, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. You feel tired after a regular night out and waking up early in the morning is a nightmare, although you love to wake up at noon every Saturday. If that sounds like you, then read on…

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February 5, 2015 0 Comments

5 Interview Tips That We Learned From Harvey Specter

We’ve been waiting for Season 5 of Suits – and today it’s finally happening! This captivating Law drama is chock full of life lessons, many delivered by Harvey Specter, one of the senior partners within the fictional Law firm Pearson Hardman. The show gives us much more than just entertainment, it’s the perfect representation of “Success in the City” and full of useful insights for ambitious graduates keen to ensure they secure their dream job:

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January 29, 2015 0 Comments

The 4 Key Benefits To Living In The Moment


Most of the time, life doesn’t give us much time to stop and enjoy the view. At SuperGrad, we truly believe that unless you are present in life (and in our case, in the interview room), you will be missing out big time. It’s amazing that by simply changing your thinking in this way, you can get a richer experience of life, more success and more happiness. Continue reading →

January 22, 2015 0 Comments

University Guilt or Student Sweat?

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University Guilt or Student Sweat?

The debate still rages as to whether the increase in 2.1 and 1st degrees are the result of tutors being under pressure to award inflated grades in the face of significantly increased tuition fees or students working harder because of them. That aside, the fact remains that the differentiation that used to result from securing a high university grade is no longer there. At SuperGrad, a graduate’s degree grade has always been far from the most important judging criteria, choosing instead to look beyond someone’s degree to see what they have actually been doing with their life. Sport, entrepreneurial activity, societies, genuine life struggles and so on give us a far more accurate picture of what someone is truly like and capable of. Continue reading →

January 16, 2015 0 Comments

SuperGrad joins APSCo

SuperGrad, the leading supplier of talent to forward-thinking and ambitious executive recruitment firms, is proud to join the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). 

Over the last 15 years, APSCo has been supporting those recruitment firms driven to excel within their chosen market verticals, and SuperGrad’s membership is a clear demonstration of the company’s commitment to raising the standards of delivery within the Rec-to-Rec market, specifically at the graduate level and for those individuals with up to 24 months of sales or recruitment experience. Continue reading →

January 8, 2015 0 Comments

The Apprentice Pitch Fail

I assume that a lot of people in the recruitment world tuned in to Wednesday’s episode of The Apprentice.  You know, the one we all secretly love with the nasty-as-hell interviewers? I caught myself thinking back to Mark’s big fail in last week’s episode where he lost it during his pitch, and wondered whether he would be able to keep it together under this week’s intense interview scrutiny, an environment where we see a lot of candidates fall short of their full potential.
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December 19, 2014 0 Comments

Forget about this Christmas, what do you want for next Christmas?

You know what you want for Christmas, right? You’ve been thinking about it for a while now, maybe saving up or not-so-subtly leaving hints for your friends and family. The reality is that Christmas is in less than 4 weeks and you can see it and smell it everywhere. You almost know how much fun you will have; you have plans booked with your friends, you have a wish list of foods you want to eat at the Christmas dinner and you probably know the general format for festivities.
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December 12, 2014 0 Comments

Why I believe in the impossible

Well actually let me rephrase, I believe in what a lot of people think is impossible.

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.” Agatha Christie

Two interesting pieces of information came into the office over the last week.
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December 4, 2014 0 Comments

Xbox One, anyone!?!


A great thing happened to me yesterday afternoon. I played buzz wire and won an Xbox one! I was at the Recruitment Live exhibition at Excel London and had stopped by at the Mercury XRM stand, where they had this huge buzz wire machine shaped like a Christmas tree. 
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November 27, 2014 0 Comments

7 Things You Should NOT Be Thinking In An Interview

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It’s easy to get good at creative thinking when you walk into an interview. Imagine this: you woke up with a rash on your forehead, you barely made it on time and the interviewer hasn’t smiled once since you met him. You’ve been in there for an hour and he keeps checking his phone. On top of that, when he isn’t looking at his phone, his eyes are fixated on your rash. It’s obvious that he hates you and doesn’t want to hire you. You forget your three clever questions you were going to ask at the end and your excitement dies halfway through. After the interview, you call your friends and tell them that it was a disaster, but the guy was so stuck-up that you didn’t want to work in such a rigid environment anyway. You still feel bad about it though and have doubts about even applying for another job.
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November 20, 2014 0 Comments

Enjoying the last can of beans

We recently met Joe at a Grad Fair in London. He joined the SuperGrad Programme soon after and had secured a great job in a leading executive recruitment firm within 2 weeks of our first meeting. He popped into our office the day before his first day in the job to pick up his ‘SuperGrad Last Can of Beans’ award and this is what he had to say about his experience so far.
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November 13, 2014 0 Comments

Train your brain to ignore false obstacles

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It’s easy to think that you may not have what it takes to land your dream job, or that you don’t have what it takes to earn 45k in your first year after graduation (something that is common for graduates who go through the SuperGrad Programme). Even more realistic goals like losing those 5 extra pounds can sometimes seem impossible. The reality of the situation is that we often get stuck in our own mindset and think that there’s a barrier that we just can’t cross. This happens in our careers – we set up some false imaginary limits and then stick within our comfort zone. The important thing is to realise that it’s all in your head.
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November 6, 2014 0 Comments

You + Recruitment = A match made in heaven?

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When you’re looking for your perfect recruitment job, there are many factors that you need to bear in mind. The one that most candidates want to talk about first is the money. Many then also take into account factors such as location, sector, whether they have international offices and the feel of the company website.  All are important of course, but it is unfortunately very common for candidates to overlook a key factor that will ultimately determine how successful they will become within the role.
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October 30, 2014 0 Comments

Dumped by your interviewer?

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We experience rejection every day. Whether we are unable to find that key ingredient we need in the supermarket or we get dumped, it will usually sting a little. As they say, %*!# happens!, events and other people are out of our control, but we can decide how we mentally respond to a situation.
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October 23, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad Tips for Exam Stress

June see’s the arrival of summer, the welcome return of the English beer-garden and the dreaded exam period. Whether you’re at university or school, clever or not, prepared or blagging it- exams affect us all, making us nervous, motivated and sometimes a little scared. 

Having searched high and low for the best tips and tricks to get you through, these are the 5 BEST ways to get you through the next few weeks…

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May 29, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad | Support Your Player of the Tournament 2014

One of your 23 BUCS Big Wednesday Player of the Final winners is soon to be awarded the SuperGrad Player of the Tournament title… But they need your help. 

With an exclusive life and career skills day with the SuperGrad Team, the finalists have to battle it out to win your vote to win a staggering £2,014 and be crowned Player of the Tournament 2014.

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April 24, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad Interview | Jobs for Students in Sport

With endless reports showing a dire outlook for Graduates entering the world of work, it’s not surprising some want to be students forever. Why leave the bubble of university life? Domino’s Two for Tuesday, Sports Social on Wednesday and the ability to pop home for a nap between lectures after a hard morning at the gym. And yet the world of work awaits us all…

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April 17, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad Advice | How to Manage Student Debt

With student loans hanging around until we hit our mid 50’s, every penny counts when you’re at uni. At the time, it’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of every day life and forget that all this money has to be paid back at some time.

At SuperGrad, we’ve all experienced of both the student lifestyle and the aftermath that ensues after it, so I’ve put together some key points to live by to keep you in pocket and out of the red.

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April 11, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad Careers | Assess Your Graduate Skills


With most job applications, the first impression your possible future employer has of you is your CV. This is the first point of call for any employer and is the first hurdle that every Graduate must clear before even being considered for a job.

Think about your class. Then think about all the classes in your year. Then all the universities your school friends go to. Then all the universities in the country. THAT’S how many people you are up against.

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April 8, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad Stories | Can Playing Sport Help Get You A Job?


Being one of the leading university’s in the world for Sports, Alan Buzza- Loughborough’s Strategic Manager of Performance Sport knows how sport can deeply change the university experience and even career prospects for students. 

“The link between sport and employability is massive for us” says Buzza, “There is a focus on employability but it’s more about personal development for us, that is absolutely core to what we do and I guess that tracks straight over to employability. That’s what we are about to a large degree, the sport and success that comes off the back of it is absolutely crucial”.

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April 4, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday| Will Creekmore Basketball Player of the Final

In light of his phenomenal success, SuperGrad brings you an insight to Worcester University’s Will Creekmore Basketball Player of the Final, on the night he helped his team secure the Championship title against the notorious Loughborough University Riders. 

The strong Worcester side produced an imperious display to oust their Midlands rivals Loughborugh 96-90 in a gripping Men’s Basketball Championship Final.

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March 31, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday| Men’s Football Player of the Final

“It’s fantastic, I lost the final two years ago in my first year but to win it now in my third year its great” grins the Player of the Final Award winner, Paul Sludden. “We held in at the end and it was great to come back and win it. I’m a striker, that’s my job (to score), it’s my job to put the ball in the net.” Two goals from Sludden helped Stirling come back from a goal down to defeat Loughborough 2-1 in the Men’s Football Championship Final.

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March 26, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday| Rugby League Player of the Final

Leeds Met produced a dominating first half performance to crush Loughborough 38-18 in the Men’s Rugby League Championship Final. “We started off really slow, we allowed them to go through the middle but as soon as we sorted ourselves out and sorted our game plan we managed to get a few tries back to back and that’s what won us the game” said SuperGrad Player of the Final Alistair Leak, “I think we’ve got the best coaching staff behind us and that attracts good freshers who want to come to Leeds Met to play Rugby League.”

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March 26, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday|Basketball Trophy Finals

Ahead of the BUCS Championship Basketball Finals this evening, our Sports Commentator Tom Crabb brings you a play-by-play of last night’s intense Trophy Final between Northampton and Edinburgh Universities. 

Edinburgh stormed back from 13 points down to complete a thrilling comeback and defeat Northampton 56-54 in the Men’s Basketball Trophy Final.

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March 26, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday|Interview with Karen Rothery

With BUCS Big Wednesday in full swing, SuperGrad catch up with the CEO of British University College Sport- Karen Rothery to discuss the impact that BUCS has on students, their universities and how in turn, sport effects these Graduate’s employability. 

“It is one of our best events,” states Karen. “It’s really important that we give the students the best possible experience we can in what for many of them will be their best sporting achievement of their life and certainly a university experience.”

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March 26, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday|Talking Jobs with Loughborough University

In a midst of the fantastic array of sport on display at BUCS Big Wednesday, are the coaches, staff, medics and Directors of Sport that dedicate their time, devotion and effort to the students and their sports. With Loughborough University a strong presence in the BUCS Big Wednesday Finals, we caught up with Jennie Cooper, Athletic University President at Loughborough and talked sport, graduates and everything in between…

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March 26, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday| BUCS Trophy Netball Finals

Despite making an electric start, cruising into a 5-1 lead within four minutes, Liverpool John Moores University survived a late Bath comeback to run out 40-39 winners in a compelling final.

There was a vociferous atmosphere for the teams, with both sides bringing along a good amount of support as both seemed to be thriving on the experience. Bath began to mount a fight back as the first period neared its end, pinning John Moores back to 6-4, before an attacking burst from the Liverpool outfit saw them wrestle back control.

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March 25, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad at BUCS Big Wednesday|Graduates in Sport

SuperGrad sports writer Tom Crabb has been speaking to some of the talented sportsplayers participating in today’s BUCS Big Wednesday Trophy Finals, finding out exactly what makes them the driven and successful individuals they are today. We spoke to St. Andrew’s University student Victoria Nicholls, taking part in the fencing finals, which she highlights as “the biggest thing on my calendar”.

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March 25, 2014 0 Comments

SuperGrad Player of the Final – BUCS 2014

As a Graduate, the BUCS Big Wednesday event is a pinnacle point on your calendar and SuperGrad is thrilled to announce that we will be joining BUCS at the Surrey Sports Park for 2014 BUCS Big Wednesday on the 25th and 26th March 2014.

With sports including Netball, Water Polo, Rugby and Lacrosse to name but a few, this much anticipated event hosts the finals for both the prestigious BUCS Trophy and coveted BUCS Championship titles, with institutions from all over the country coming together to compete.

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March 24, 2014 0 Comments