AoC Sport reflects on successful partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University

As the North West regional team for the AoC Sport National Championships has now been finalised, we reflect back on how the teams got there.

Colleges from across the region battled it out last autumn in tournaments covering 13 different sports.

A total of 1,225 students took part in this year’s competitions, which were hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

It was the third year in a row that the university has partnered with AoC Sport and it was another successful year.

Alyson Hastie, AoC Sport Regional Development Officer for the North West, said:  ‘The 2018 North West regional tournaments have been a real success and the partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University has played a huge part in this.

“The facilities and volunteers which MMU supplied played an important part in allowing us to provide professional and high-quality competitions for college students to enjoy.”

MMU hosted golf at Northenden Golf Club and the men’s and women’s basketball at the Sudgen Centre.

Five sports were hosted at the Platt Lane Sports Complex, including women’s, men’s and pan disability football,  women’s and men’s rugby 7’s, badminton, volleyball and netball.

MMU also provided volunteers at all the events they hosted, who were excellent and a huge help.

Phil Cook, Head of Development (Sport) at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with AoC Sport, following what has been a really successful few years of working together to deliver the regional tournaments.

“Hosting the games is a great opportunity for us to showcase our excellent facilities to some of the country’s most talented young athletes as we continue our mission to become the university of choice for student athletes.”

AoC Sport hopes to continue the partnership with MMU for 2019/20.

Full details on the North West team which have qualified for the National Championships can be found at

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