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Central College Nottingham qualifies for AoC Sport National Championships

Published on: 13/04/2017 (10:05AM)

Sport students have qualified to represent Central College Nottingham and the region at the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, which take place on 21-23 April. 

Jess Widdowson – table tennis (1st place in regionals), Heather Walker – badminton (3rd place in regionals) and Amber Maitland-Meek – hockey as well as the female football team fought off stiff competition from colleges across the East Midlands which qualifies them for the national finals taking place at the University of Nottingham and surrounding facilities.

The AoC Sport National Championships will see the team competing against athletes from colleges across England and Wales. As well as individual glory, teams will be aiming to accumulate points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy. 

We are delighted that these students have qualified for the National Championships weekend. This achievement is testimony to the hard work and dedication that each shows towards their sport. It also demonstrates the commitment that the college has to playing sport and we hope that in the future more students will compete for the college and achieve their potential. The opportunity to compete in Nottingham is also extra special for the students, the National Championships is an exceptionally well run and prestigious event and the College wishes them all the best in what should be an exciting and fun weekend.

Glen Read - Sport Academy Manager at Central

We are really excited about this year’s National Championships, which will be hosted at state-of-the-art facilities in Nottingham. Ours will be the first major Multi-Sports event to take place at the David Ross Sports Village, and we believe the standard of the facilities will provide students with an incredible experience. We could even see a future Olympic champion in action at the Championships.

Marcus Kingwell - AoC Sport Managing Director

The AoC Sport National Championships are now in their 39th year and remain the largest student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 students taking part last year. Colleges will compete in 13 different sports over a three-day period, taking place in some of the best facilities in the country.

For more information about the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, please visit