Excitement builds ahead of 40th National Championships
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the AoC Sport National Championships – a special milestone in the history of this prestigious competition.
The event takes place from 20-22 April, at the University of Nottingham’s £40m David Ross Sports Village and local facilities such as the Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Nottingham Hockey Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre.
It remains the largest annual student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,740 student athletes from further education and sixth form colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland taking part this year.
The National Championships are the pinnacle of the college sport year, with students representing their region as they battle to win the Wilkinson Sword Trophy.
AoC Sport managing director, Marcus Kingwell, said: “We are delighted to be returning to the University of Nottingham for a milestone year of the National Championships.
“We are very impressed with what the team at Nottingham Conferences and their associates have to offer.
“We believe the standard of the facilities at the David Ross Sports Village will provide students with an incredible experience.
“We could even see a future Commonwealth Games or Olympic champion in action at the Championships.”
Events will take place across 13 different sports – including badminton, 7-a-side football, cross country and indoor cricket – with 300 staff and volunteers helping to ensure the occasion is as successful as ever.
The National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport in further education and sixth form colleges, providing recognition, enjoyment and a unique opportunity for students to compete.
College teams and individual competitors can qualify to represent their region at the Championships through regional tournaments hosted throughout the academic year by AoC Sport.
Andrew May, general manager at Nottingham Conferences, said: “We feel hugely honoured that AoC Sport are returning to host their National Championships’ annual event here again at the University of Nottingham, as well as other premier sports venues in the city.
“To know that this ties in with the 40th anniversary of these prestigious championships adds an even greater level of excitement for all involved, who will experience our state-of-the art facilities and our wonderful city.”
Keep up with the latest news from the Championships at www.aocsportchamps.org