Competitions – A Beginner’s Guide

CUTC was founded in 1984 and continues to grow in size and success. We have an incredible group of dedicated committee members and coaches that work towards bettering both our gymnasts, on an individual level and the club as a whole.

All sessions are attended by British Gymnastics qualified coaches and have all the necessary safety equipment.


Here’s a breakdown of some of the main terms you’re likely to hear over the next few weeks. A full glossary here would scroll forever so feel free to pester a coach or committee member if you’re unsure of anything.

The Southern Universities Trampoline League is a series of five competitions each academic year held at various universities across the South and Midlands including Bristol, Bath, Southampton and Cambridge. For more information, including this year’s dates, check out their website.
Honestly, it sounds scarier than it really is — feel free to talk to Lucy about it if you want to know more.

This is a Cambridge term for an intercollegiate competition. Certain sports take Cuppers pretty seriously but at CUTC it’s just about the most laid-back competition of the year.
You’ll see assorted groups of colleges band together to form teams linked by something tenuous like ‘we all rowed once’ or ‘we can portmanteau our college names to make …’
There’s also normally a few Town and Alumni teams.

Varsity is a competition held every year between Cambridge and Oxford. Varsity 2023 will be hosted by Oxford, where we hope to repeat last year’s win.

The British Universities and Colleges Sport is an organisation that runs a multi-sport league across the country. We use BUCS to refer to the Trampoline competition held each year that’s a part of that league.

You perform two routines in a typical competition and each routine is simply 10 elements (skills) linked one after another with no straight jumps in between.
Depending on the level you can compete at, the content of your routines will vary.

There are lots of different levels and whilst SUTL and BUCS align very well, not all competition structures will.
SUTL and BUCS have numbered levels from 6 up to 1, followed by a Performance and an Elite level.

What to wear

Whilst the higher levels have to wear leotards, neither SUTL nor BUCS require lower level competitors to jump in lycra. Instead, you would compete in shorts and t-shirt.


If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for here, just ask any committee member.