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Central students compete at AoC Sport National Championships

Students from Central College Nottingham competed at the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham last weekend, being placed well in their respective competitions as they helped the East Midlands Region to finish in 4th place.

15 students, competing in Female Football, Badminton, female Hockey and table tennis travelled to the University of Nottingham where they battled against athletes from colleges across England and Wales during the three-day event.

As well as individual glory, teams were aiming to accumulate points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.

It was a great experience to compete against the best college teams in the UK. As well as that, it helped improve our team dynamics massively as we have come closer together.

Ella Smallwood and Shanae Thomas - Female footballers

The South East became the new winners of the Wilkinson Sword trophy, wrestling the title off local rivals the South West in a highly competitive weekend.

The region - who were 2016 runners-up - finished 22 points clear of last year’s winners in second, while the West Midlands once again finished in third place, just a point behind the South West.

More than 1600 college students took part in this year’s National Championships, now in its 39th year, at a series of incredible sporting facilities including the University of Nottingham’s David Ross Sports Village, Trent Bridge, Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Morley Hayes Golf Club, Nottingham Tennis Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre.

AoC Sport chair, Mark White OBE, told FE Week: “We’ve had a marvellous weekend at the University of Nottingham at the AoC Sport National Championships.

I’ve spent three days watching real enthusiasm and excellence in the students from colleges, who have competed with such passion and such talent. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

AoC Sport is absolutely committed to supporting sport and physical activity across all of our college sector, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s National Championships next spring.” The athletes competed across 13 different sports, including football, squash, hockey, basketball and cricket.

AoC Sport Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said: “What a fantastic weekend we’ve had at this year’s National Championships.

Thanks to the hard work of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Conferences, Visit Nottinghamshire, volunteers, AoC Sport staff and, of course, the competitors, coaches and college staff, the past three days have been a resounding success.

Congratulations to all who took part, we’re already looking forward to seeing you all again next year.”

Andy May, General Manager of Nottingham Conferences who helped organise the Championships, said: “It was great to see so many young people enjoying the huge variety of wonderful facilities we have available here at the University of Nottingham.

“The standard of competition was incredibly high and it was impressive to see the sportsmanship and professionalism shown by the athletes – they were a credit to their colleges.”