After a 3 year-long hiatus, the Brunei-Loughborough Student Society, or more commonly known as LufBru, successfully organised their annual flagship sports event, ‘LufBru Summer Games’ (LSG) with the support from the Brunei Students’ Union in the United Kingdom and Éire (BSU) and the Brunei Students’ Unit (UPP). This year, the event took place from 30th of July to 1st of August at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam Sports Complex.
The LSG aims to develop communal relationships between students which have declined due to the effects of lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions. In organising the teams according to 11 regions of the United Kingdom and Éire, it is hoped that it would facilitate the nurturing of friendship especially between the first-year students, their seniors and the alumni. Not only that, the LSG hopes to allow the students to healthily compete with one another and to take a breather from academia. This would tackle both of BSU’s goals: Community Development as well as Health and Mental Wellbeing.
The LSG officially kicked off with the badminton tournament on Friday. The tournament had 3 categories: women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed which saw a total of 82 students participating. The tournament format for the women’s and mixed doubles was a best of one set of 21 points round-robin whereas the format for the men’s doubles was best of three of 21 points knockout. The top three pairs in each category were awarded with medals; bronze, silver and gold
The second day’s competition held the netball tournament which comprised six teams. Each team faced off in a round-robin style tournament consisting of 15-minute matches and 5-minute break rest. Medals were awarded to the top three contenders of the tournament for their immense spirit and skill on the court.
The final day of LSG took place at the Hockey Field Sport Complex with the football tournament continuing its streak of fierce and unwavering desire to win. Eight teams faced each other off in a round-robin style tournament with 15 minute matches and 10 minute breaks in between. The top four teams advanced to the semi’s and finals. The day ended with the award ceremony, providing the winning individuals and teams their prizes for their immense effort on the pitch.
All of the scoring and managing of matches for each sport were assisted by Brunei National Badminton Association, the Brunei Netball Association and the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam along with student volunteers.