University of Worcester partnership proves a success in West Midlands

Students in the West Midlands will be competing in regional tournaments at the University of Worcester once again after a successful first-year partnership.

In the 2018/19 regional tournaments, basketball, netball, volleyball, hockey, badminton, rugby, cross country, table tennis and pan disability football took place across the University of Worcester’s campuses over two days.

Students competed at the University Arena, St John’s Sport Centre and AstroTurf as well as cross country at the Lakeside campus.

And this year, there was a record turnout, with 1,143 students and 25 different colleges taking part. The West Midlands region also went on to finish third at the AoC Sport National Championships.

Angus Milligan, AoC Sport Regional Development Officer for the West Midlands, said: “The University of Worcester partnership has been a true success this year, with some amazing feedback from participating colleges.

“The facilities are fantastic and having multiple sports in one location creates a real buzz and atmosphere around campus.

“On top of this the participation data for this year’s tournament speaks for itself, with participation being at the highest we’ve seen in a few years, and I think the University of Worcester partnership has been a huge contributing factor to this increase.”

Michelle Morgan, Senior Lecturer (Teaching) in Sports Coaching Science at the University of Worcester (UW), added: “Over the two days it was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented young student-athletes competing in a range of sports for the AoC Sport West Midlands title.

The UW sporting facilities on campus had a real buzz about them as teams battled it out in volleyball, basketball, netball, table tennis and so many more. Staff complimented the attitude and engagement of everyone who attended, making it a truly successful event.”

Following this year’s success, the university has agreed to partner for a second year and are supporting AoC Sport in bringing every sport to Worcester for the 2019-20 regionals, using university facilities as well as surrounding partner facilities.

This will be the first time this has happened for the West Midlands region.

Mark Howard, West Midlands regional chair, said: “It was great to have so many events taking place at one venue. It meant a much better experience for the students, allowing them to see other sports when they weren’t competing. The staff and officials at the event were also excellent and added professionalism to the whole occasion. Finally, the facilities are excellent making the overall student and staff experience memorable.”


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