The Varsity series brings together students from both universities for a combination of fun and celebration in sport. Even if sport isn’t necessarily your thing, the atmosphere, tension, and excitement is sure to be irresistible across the events. The rivalry between the two universities has been growing since the first event in 2014, demanding the participation of all students to perform and to turn out to support your team to glory.

This year we will be keeping the title for the 5th year in a row!

University of Northampton Students' Union Vs University of Derby

March 2014  –  Northampton 10 – 9 Derby
March 2015  –  Northampton 15.5 – 7.5 Derby
April 2016     –  Northampton  13 – 12 Derby
April 2017     –  Northampton  17 – 14 Derby 

March 2018  - Will Northampton take it home again? 

Wednesday 21st March

Northampton Stallions take on rivals Team Derby for the 5th year in the varsity series, which consist of a number of sporting fixtures throughout the day, with each team receiving 1 point for a win, ½ a point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

At the end of the day the points will be added up and the University who has won the most will be crowned Varsity Champions and will take home the converted varsity trophy!

Where is Varsity and how will we get there?

Varsity 2018 will take place at the University of Derby. Fixtures will be taking place across campus, with only Hockey being held off campus this year! Students need to purchase the official varsity t-shirts which will act as tickets to get on the buses to and from Derby.

What fixtures will be played on the day?

Download the time table to see which teams will be competing this year.

How much are the T-Shirts?

The official varsity t-shirt will grant you access across campus at the University of Derby in to all the venues, transport to and from Derby and will also clearly identify you as a supporter of the Northampton Stallions.

​On sale Monday 5th March from 3pm until Tuesday 20th March 11:59pm.


This year the Northampton Stallions will be wearing Rainbow Laces at each of the varsity fixtures in support Stonewall’s campaign to support LGBT equality and inclusivity.