01/21/2014 01:49 EST | Updated 03/23/2014 05:59 EDT

UBC picks 16 teams for varsity sports funding

The University of British Columbia has announced that 16 varsity teams have been chosen to have long-term funding, leaving the remaining teams and clubs to apply for a second round of assessments.

“These 16 teams balance men and women’s, as well as individual and team sports,” said Ashley Howard, the managing director of athletics and recreation in statement issued on Tuesday morning.

The remaining 13 varsity teams and some interested Alma Mater Society sports clubs have been invited to the second stage assessment to conclude in late February.

“Another month of uncertainty will be difficult for many,” said Howard in the statement.

“But we need to keep our eye on the prize: higher achievement for our varsity teams, a top-notch experience for our student athletes and a sustainable future for the UBC Thunderbirds.”

The funding review was announced in 2012 to prioritize funding for the university's varsity sports programs after the university decided not to join the U.S. NCAA,.

The university also announced plans to increase funding for the selected teams by $800,000 starting in April, 2014.

Teams selected for funding:

- Basketball, men and women.

- Field Hockey, women.

- Football, men.

- Ice Hockey, women.

- Rugby, men.

- Soccer, men.

- Volleyball, women.

- Cross Country, men and women.

- Rowing, men and women.

- Swimming,  men and women.

- Track and Field, men and women.