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Roses Unlocked 2021

A Roses like no other

Roses. The white rose of York vs. the red rose of Lancaster. Every year, students of York and Lancaster are pitted against each in hundreds of fixtures and every year, the same question is on everyone’s lips: Are roses white, or are they red?

The Roses competition is traditionally the largest inter-university varsity competition in Europe, which sees students battling it out in sports from cheerleading to darts, all to win the ever-coveted trophy. While the sporting competition began all the way back in 1965, the rivalry dates back even further to the Wars of the Roses, a civil war which threw England into years of upheaval, a war between the Houses of York and Lancaster to win the crown of England.

This year, Roses Unlocked will consist of digitally-assisted fixtures (thanks to YSTV and URY!), fixtures which can go ahead either online or with digital assistance in person, and a pentathlon team event. You’ll be able to watch these fixtures here or at The Forest, The Lakeside Tap, and The Glasshouse, where they will be streamed on screens for you to enjoy safely with your friends, kitted out in Roses Unlocked merch.

Live Coverage

Thanks to the hard work of our amazing student media groups, your Roses coverage is sorted. YSTV have produced this year’s Roses Unlocked trailer and will be running filming and livestreams of the events. URY will also be providing radio coverage across the weekend, and keep an eye out for a written supplement from Nouse coming soon.