BUCS and EY have partnered for the upcoming season ©BUCS

The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) has announced a new collaboration for the 2021-2022 season with global professional services company EY, who will help student leaders in sport transition into professional careers through graduate employment.

BUCS students will have opportunities to secure employment with the company through their sponsorship with the governing body of British university sport.

The company is also sponsoring the BUCS and EY Netball Programme.

The competition is scheduled to end on March 23 2022 with the BUCS and EY Netball Finals.

This partnership supports 400 teams from 130 universities across the United Kingdom.

EY will also be the headline sponsor of the "BUCS and EY 94 Network", which assists women in sport, and will support BUCS' Championing Black Athletes campaign, aiming to reduce racial inequality in the working world.

BUCS' netball programme is being supported by EY ©Getty Images
BUCS' netball programme is being supported by EY ©Getty Images

"I'm delighted to see such a major employer in EY coming into collaboration with us," said BUCS chief executive Vince Mayne. 

"EY's own research highlights the skills that sport develops in young people and we are excited to be working with them to amplify this message to our students and universities. 

"EY also shares similar diversity, inclusion and anti-racism values, championing female leaders and investing heavily to support the black heritage student community. 

"We are excited to be supporting these communities through new and sector-leading initiatives, as well as through one of our biggest sport programmes in netball."

EY will also become the headline sponsors of the BUCS Sporting Leaders Festival, which is held virtually in September.

The festival will have a focus on upskilling students looking for jobs after graduation.