Lancaster to take on York in ‘Roses Unlocked’

Friday 19-03-2021 - 13:30
Roses 2021

Roses returns over May Bank Holiday weekend as our athletes take on University of York in a series of sporting competitions and challenges

With social distancing measures still in place, Roses Unlocked will give our teams the chance to compete while staying safe and following government guidelines from their home campuses. 

Lancaster University Students’ Union Vice-President (Sport) Paul McCarthy said: “I’m pleased and excited that we’ve been able to get a plan in place for Roses this year, and looking forward to an amazing weekend of competition. 
“Obviously it’s disappointing that the full Roses tournament isn’t able to take place in person, but we have to put safety first and I hope Roses Unlocked will still provide a welcome antidote to lockdown and get as many students as possible will take the opportunity to get active, take part, and cheer on Team Lancaster.” 

Roses Unlocked will feature a number of fixtures such as darts and e-sports via video link, as well as a combined event including a selection of team challenges with activities like running, swimming and cycling. 

Paul said: “The combined event is aimed at teams that will miss out on participating in their own sport due to social distancing rules, meaning all our athletes will have the opportunity to represent the red rose this year.” 

Scores from both the video link competitions and the combined events will be collated online throughout the tournament weekend as the two universities compete for the title of Roses Unlocked champion. 


Roses Unlocked T-shirts will go on sale via the students’ union website soon, giving all Lancaster students the chance to show their support for our teams during the competition. 


And as well as getting plans in place for Roses Unlocked, the students’ union is working on organising a festival of sport on campus during Summer Term. 

Paul said: “As restrictions continue to lift we’ll be putting together a special event on campus with some friendly competitions in a wide range of sports. 
“This has been a difficult and frustrating year for everyone who plays sport, and we’re looking forward to bringing everyone together to get back to competition as soon as it’s safe.” 

Roses Unlocked will take place during the weekend of April 30 to May 2. More information on fixtures and competitions is coming soon. 





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