Universities Week Challenge: UCAS v University of Gloucestershire Games commence

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Staff and students from the University of Gloucestershire and UCAS will go head to head in a series of competitive sports matches in the first ever Universities Week Challenge games.

In celebration of Universities Week 2012 (30 April – 7 May) – which this year takes on an Olympic theme – the University and UCAS have put together teams to play in a Varsity style tournament and try their hand at some friendly competition.
Tennis, badminton, dodgeball, football and netball matches will take place throughout the week, with the winner being announced following the final two sessions on 6 May.

Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire said: “This year’s Universities Week is a great opportunity to showcase the sporting talent that higher education institutions have to offer. This is the first time the University’s staff and students have taken part in a competition with our neighbours UCAS. We are really looking forward to the challenge and hope to have a lot of fun too.”
The event has been organised by James Durant from UCAS and UNIversal Sport Co-Ordinator, Gary McLean at the University of Gloucestershire. Gary adds, “The event hopes to encourage participation from every part of the University, and offers a varied timetable of activities, underpinning the UNIversal Sport programme ethos that sport is for everyone.”
Cathy Gilbert, Director of Customer Strategy at UCAS said: “It’s fantastic that UCAS is getting involved with Universities Week. UCAS is well established in Cheltenham, and we have an excellent relationship with our local university. A bit of friendly sporting rivalry will be great fun for us all but that doesn’t mean we won’t be battling for the inaugural Universities Week Challenge title.”

Universities Week 2012 recognises and celebrates the contribution that our universities make to the Olympic movement and the sports industry in the UK. To find out more visit #UniWeek or #BUCSChamps

Timetable of events:

Monday 30 April:
Tennis – Oxstalls Campus Gloucester, 18:00 – 19:00
Maximum of 10 places

Tuesday 1 May:
Badminton – Leisure @ Cheltenham, 18:00 – 19:00
Maximum of 10 places

Wednesday 2 May:
Dodgeball – Leisure @ Cheltenham, 18:00 – 19:00
Maximum of 15 places

Sunday 6 May:
Football – The Folly, Swindon Lane, Cheltenham, 12:00- 14:00
20 players needed

Netball – Leisure @ Cheltenham, 15:00 – 16:00
12 players needed

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admission Service, is a charity and is the world’s leading shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 300 institutions across the UK.

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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