Tennis defeat to our neighbours the University of Gloucestershire means UCAS is looking to Badminton to even the score in the Universities Week Challenge.
This year's celebration of higher education in the UK has an Olympic theme. So it was natural for UCAS to team up with our nearest uni to mark the event and raise money for charity.
Together we came up with the idea of a tournament which would match staff from both institutions against each other in a series of sports.
The Challenge began with tennis on Monday evening, but even the presence of our Chief Executive on the team couldn't save UCAS from defeat to superior opponents. Or perhaps they just had more expensive rackets and shoes...
Next up is Badminton followed by dodgeball, football and netball with the overall winner being announced following the final two sessions on 6 May.
Sadly an outdoor swim at Cheltenham's famous lido was cancelled due the savage weather which has sparked a series of flood warnings across the county. But the rain can't spoil the forthcoming sports quiz for UCAS staff which is set to be fiercely contested.
The sun came out for long enough on Monday to make a 10-mile cycle ride very appealing. UCAS is full of keen cyclists and the event has raised £150 so far for our chosen charity the Bournstream Trust.
Bournstream is a fantastic adventure playground site in the Cotswolds, for the dedicated use of children and young people with disabilities or special needs.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive said after the tennis match: "A friendly rivalry with our local university seemed like the natural thing to do for Universities Week. The series of events gives everyone across both organisations the chance to take part in different sports.
"Tennis is a favourite of mine and so I couldn't resist the chance to represent UCAS. The university ended up having some aces up their sleeve on the day but UCAS will be looking to come from behind to win the trophy at the end of the week."
Gary McLean, UNIversal sports coordinator at the University of Gloucestershire said: "The aim of the week is to get as many people involved and playing sport as possible. We've had lots of interest across the university from staff, students and established teams. Hopefully our winning momentum will continue throughout the week."
Running until 7 May Universities Week aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK's universities. The campaign is being coordinated by Universities UK and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).
This year's event concentrates on the contribution that our universities make to the Olympic movement and the sports industry in the UK.
It has also attracted high-profile ambassadors like Dame Kelly Holmes and Tony Blair, who are helping to highlight how universities benefit the whole of Britain.