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Nottingham’s biggest student sporting competition returns

The annual Varsity series between Nottingham Trent University and sporting rivals the University of Nottingham returns for another year.

NTU Varsity rugby players
Varsity 2017 began with a game of Rugby League

The annual Varsity series between Nottingham Trent University and sporting rivals The University of Nottingham has returned for another year.

The series brings together Nottingham’s two universities across two weeks of competitive sport and started on Saturday 25 March with Rugby League.

More than a thousand student athletes compete across 30 different sports, playing at venues across the county – including football at Meadow Lane, rugby at Lady Bay and two big events at the Motorpoint Arena.

The popular basketball game and ice hockey match – which has sold out the 5,000 seat National Ice Centre since 2009 - are again expected to draw thousands of spectators.

This year, tennis players will also experience the new tennis centre at Nottingham Trent University, which comprises four indoor courts.

Matt Nicholson, Vice-President, Sports, Nottingham Trent Students’ Union, said: “Varsity is a fantastic showcase of sport in Nottingham, which engages students and staff from all over the university. We are looking strong this year so I am confident we can take a long-awaited series victory!”

For the second time, Varsity will feature two ‘Super Wednesday’ sports days, showcasing 18 new and established sports from the two universities.

These make up a total of 31 free and ticketed sports events that are open to the public, which also includes: cricket, netball, volleyball, rowing and Thai boxing.

James Hayter, Director of Sport at Nottingham Trent University, added: “I’m full of excitement and anticipation as the 2017 Nottingham Varsity series prepares to kick-off. These fixtures showcase the best of the sporting talent at the City’s two universities and are always keenly-fought affairs.

“It promises to be a very close series – but I’m hopeful that Varsity 2017 will prove to be NTU’s year!”

Teams in the 2017 series will support and promote the Rainbow Laces campaign, which fights to kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of sports.

Dan Tilley, Director of Sport at The University of Nottingham, said: “We’re very excited to be holding our first Varsity home fixtures in the brand new £40 million David Ross Sports Village and it’s a privilege to host events alongside Nottingham’s most iconic sporting venues, such as the Motorpoint Arena and Meadow Lane.

“The Nottingham Varsity series offers such an exciting showcase of sporting talent from Nottingham’s top student sportsmen and women – I wish all the teams competing the best of luck!”

Tickets and more information – including the full fixture list – is now available on the Notts Varsity website. All events are open to the public, with the exception of basketball and ice hockey.

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    Nottingham Trent University is recognised as the most sustainable university in the UK, having been ranked first in the prestigious People and Planet University League 2016.

    Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan - Creating the University of the Future - has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

Nottingham’s biggest student sporting competition returns

Published on 27 March 2017
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