British Universities Sports Federation

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Universities Sports Federation (BUSF) was founded in 1962. Replacing the Inter-Varsity Athletic Board, its purpose was to organise and finance university sports events at national and international level. Prior to 1965 only students registered with universities were eligible for selection for the British team at the bi-annual World Student Games organised by the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU). In 1965 BUSF obtained a special dispensation from FISU by which students of Colleges of Education and certain full-time students in Technical Colleges became eligible for selection for the World University Games (the name changed to the World Student Games in 1967) and for other FISU events arranged at irregular intervals. However, Colleges of Education and Technical Colleges were excluded from membership of BUSF and the lack of a comparable national organisation responsible for sport in colleges created communication and funding difficulties for college students wishing to participate in international events.

As a member of a small group representing the Association of Principals of Women's Colleges of Physical Education and men and women Heads of Physical Education Departments in Wing Colleges of Education, and as an observer on the Management Committee of the 1967 World Student Games in Tokyo, Eileen Alexander was at the forefront of early efforts to find a suitable means of sponsoring and organising non-university student participation in FISU events.