The ancient rivalry between York and Lancaster comes to a head at the largest inter-university sporting competition in Europe.

In light of the developing Coronavirus situation Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) and Lancaster University have made the difficult decision to cancel Roses 2020. The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) fully supports the decision made by the host institution. The health and safety of all competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff is a shared priority.

We understand that many of you will be disappointed and that teams will have been planning for this event for some time. We ask that you please bear with us at this time as we make arrangements to cancel this year’s event, and in due course, look to begin plans for Roses 2021. As soon as further updates are available they will be shared on LUSU and YUSU channels.

For the latest information please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs. 

Roses 2019

The 2019 event took place Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May. As well as a very competitive game of netball, the opening ceremony included performances from societies, a speech by actor Mark Addy and a fireworks display over the lake.

Over the weekend we competed in over 50 disciplines, from archery to octopush. As well as rugby, cricket and football, we were fencing, climbing, dancing and shooting for the win.

Games and live scores were streamed by our student media teams on the official Roses live 2019 website across the entire tournament.

Roses is brought to you by YUSU (University of York Students' Union).

Roses 2019 - watch YUSU's amazing trailer!

2019 Twitter highlights