It’s coming home, Sparkes is coming home!

After a year’s hiatus, the Sparkes Cup returned to Fortress Harlington on the 23rd of June 2024, better than ever. For the first time, not only did the competition see the Constituent Colleges fight it out on rugby field, but also on the netball court!

The day saw round robin fixtures between the RCS, C&G & RSM, alternating between Rugby & Netball fixtures, with some of the rugby lads exchanging the egg-shaped ball for the round one and trying their hand at Netball to bolster the numbers. Ultimately the victories went to the Royal College of Science for the rugby, and to the City & Guilds for the netball. With the Sparkes Cup coming home to the RCS.

Another success in the day came from former City & Guilds player Elliot Quigley, who was performing the first trial of the ‘Impact Indicator’ developed by his start-up GumGauge (https://gumgauge.co.uk/Read more...

Sparkes Cup 2024: results

We are delighted to declare that the Royal College of Science emerged as the winners of the Sparkes Cup 2024 competition.

In the inaugural contest of the newly added and interleaved netball competition, it was CGC who were victorious.

Many congratulations go to to all the players, particularly to the victors.

Please look back here to read the complete match reports, which should be posted shortly.… Read more...

IC Netball join Sparks Cup Extravaganza

The traditional Sparks Cup line-up of RCS Rugby, CGC Rugby and RSM Rugby will be enhanced this year by a parallel three-way netball competition. So the contest on Sunday 23rd June at 15:00 at Harlington Sports Ground (Sipson Lane, Harlington, Hayes UB3 5EH), will start with an RSM vs RCS Netball match, followed thirty minutes later by the corresponding RSM vs RCS Rugby-7s match.

Commencing at 16:00, will be the RCS vs CGC Netball match, followed thirty minutes later by the corresponding RCS vs CGC Rugby-7s match.

Then from 17:00, the CGC vs RSM Netball match, followed thirty minutes later by the corresponding CGC vs RSM Rugby-7s match.

That will conclude the group stages, whereupon the top two in the rankings will go on to contest the finals. If a final is drawn at full time, there will be five minutes each way of extra time with a golden point.… Read more...

Sparkes Cup 2024

Sunday 23rd June, 15:00 at Harlington!

Imperial’s inter-college rugby competition continues. Once again the RCS, C&G and RSM teams are preparing to go head-to-head in the Sparkes Cup’s 2024 match! The location will please many of you: we are once more returning to our traditional home of Harlington (Sipson Lane, Harlington, Hayes UB3 5EH).

As in previous years, the RCSA, the CGCA and the RSMA are sponsoring this events making barbeque food, drink and even a certain number of coach spaces between the Union and Harlington available……..all free of charge.

Sprightly alumni members are, for the first time, encouraged to bring their boots and join in. The captains will be rapidly rotating through their squads, so fear not, we are talking of short stints. Just sufficient to really deserve that pint in the Harlington Bar afterwards.

The date of 23rd June 2024 is now only a few days away.… Read more...

Sparkes 2022: Down to the Wire

Sparkes 2022 contestants

After a 3-year pandemic-enforced absence, we were delighted to once again compete for the Sparkes Cup, and better still, it was possible to hold the competition at Harlington. It took until the last kick of the tournament to settle this year’s closely contested competition.

There was early disappointment as the RSM captain, out of action through injury, reluctantly conceded that our smallest constituent college would not be able to assemble a competitive team this year. But there were spectators to entertain and a very enthusiastic referee to keep busy, so the RCS and C&G captains agreed to retain the traditional three-match format. The competition would be based on the best of three matches and their two teams would face each other up to three times.

Here is a quick summary, the first game was won comfortably by C&G 33-12. The second game was much closer, won right at the end by RCS 24-19.… Read more...

The Sparkes Cup 2022

Saturday 18th June at Harlington!

Imperial’s inter-college rugby competition continues after a covid-induced hiatus. Once again the RCS, C&G and RSM teams are preparing to go head-to-head in the Sparkes Cup’s 2022 match! The location will please many of you: we are returning to our traditional home of Harlington. Once again the RCSA, the CGCA and the RSMA are sponsoring this events making barbeque food, drink and even a certain number of coach spaces between the Union and Harlington available……..all free of charge.

The date is now only a few days away. Keep it free and we look forward to seeing you at Harlington, and to cheering on an RCS victory.… Read more...

Sparkes Cup Gets Better and Better

MATCH REPORT: On the 22nd of June 2019, a group of approximately seventy students and alumni of Imperial College London descended upon Grasshoppers RFC for the third annual Sparkes Cup since its revival in 2017. A competition steeped in history between the three constituent colleges of Imperial: the City & Guilds College, the Royal School of Mines and last but not least the Royal College of Science.

The day started in West Kensington, when a group of students, players and spectators boarded a bus towards our hosts for the day, Grasshoppers RFC. Arriving at the venue for 12.30pm, the players of the three colleges began to warm up for the round-robin seven-a-side tournament, whilst the spectators settled in for an exciting day of rugby. 

The first match of the day saw the engineers take on the miners, who in previous years have struggled for numbers but were anything but intimidated and took the game to the engineers.… Read more...

The Sparkes Cup 2019

The saga of Imperial’s inter-college social rugby competition continues, with the RCS, C&G and RSM once more preparing to go head to head for the Sparkes Cup’s 2019 match!

The proposed date and location is Saturday the 22nd June at Grasshoppers RFC in Osterley.

Further details are on Facebook. See here https://www.facebook.com/events/1286584928171302/

(You can read about last year’s Sparkes Cup here.)… Read more...

Another Wonderful Sparkes Cup Competition

It is with begrudging admiration that we must congratulate CGCU Rugby on their overwhelming victory in the 2018 Sparkes Cup competition.

It was a hot summery Saturday 23rd June when the teams and supporters assembled at Wasps FC Sports Ground. But the writing was immediately on the wall – CGCU had turned up with noticeably more players than had their adversaries.

In an attempt to give small squads a bit of a sporting chance, the format was switched from Rugby tens (that were so successful last year), to Rugby sevens. Club Captain, Toby Simpson, took the whistle and the carnage began.

Even when the opposition were fresh, CGCU seemed able to pile on the tries. As everyone tired, the CGCU supremacy became yet more heightened. Not all the good Rugby came from CGCU, but they walked off as comfortable victors overall. RCSU came in a creditable second and were certainly the best dressed team in the splendid strip donated by the RCSA.… Read more...

The Sparkes Cup 2018 – Saturady 23rd June at Wasps FC Sports Ground

The pinnacle of the Imperial inter-college social rugby calendar – the Sparkes Cup 2018 – is happening on Saturady 23rd June! If you’re in the area, feel free to come along as the event is free and open to all, whether as a player or a spectator.

The Sparkes Cup first brought together the RCSU, RSMU and CGCU rugby teams in 1950. Over time the rebranding of Imperial has seen these college teams fall by the wayside; RSMU play The Bottle Match once a year, and CGCU make their way to Oxford. The Sparkes Cup was restarted in 2017, and will be competed for again this summer with support from the RCSA and CGCA.

THE SPARKES CUP 2018
CGCU vs. RSMU vs. RCSU
20min games. 10 a-side. 6 nations scoring system. 3 Constituent Unions. 1 victor.

To be held at Wasps FC Sports Ground, Twyford Ave, London, W3 9Q

Day plan:
10:15 FREE private bus from F3K to Wasps’ rugby pitches
11:00 Team warm-ups
11:30 RSMU vs.… Read more...