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A week of intense sporting competition, with teams representing three countries and over 40,000 students, has strengthened international links, raised awareness of UK education and seen lasting friendships forged.

The University of Nottingham’s third annual Tri Campus Games (TCG3) – the only intra-mural competition held across three countries – saw students from China, Malaysia and the UK compete in eight sports in Ningbo, China.

While all those competing were given an insight into Chinese culture during the opening ceremony and a day trip to Hangzhou; matches in badminton, basketball, squash, football, table tennis, tennis, Frisbee and volleyball were keenly contested, as students battled it out for the Tri Campus Games Cup.

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The title was eventually retained by the UK team, but the real highlight this year saw all of the University’s athletes come together at the end of the tournament, as the event was opened up to students from local schools and universities for the first time.

This initiative saw pupils from two of the International Schools in Ningbo visit the campus to play sport and hear from Nottingham students about life at the University, before athletes from Wanli University took part in several tightly contested games against Nottingham all-star sides.

Following these matches, Nigel Mayglothling, Assistant Director of Physical Recreation and Sport at the University, explained that opening up the Games had benefited Nottingham students as well as the University itself.

He explained: “TCG3 certainly raised the profile of the range of student opportunity and experience on offer at Nottingham. The Games highlight the diverse backgrounds of our students and underline that even as a front-line academic University we value the roundness of character that events such as this can offer.

“Wanli Students really enjoyed the opportunity to play against international competition for the first time and this clearly opens up links with a key local University too. According to their staff, the International School students also had a fantastic day and were really impressed with the wide range of opportunities on offer at ‘The Nottingham’s’.”

Nigel continued: “This year the intra-mural matches produced far closer competition than ever before. Our hosts have been wonderful and many new friendships have been forged. The third TCG has been a true ‘friendship through sport’ experience for the 220+ athletes, volunteers and staff involved in the Games as well as the hundreds who have been to watch. We look forward to TCG4 in Nottingham in 2012.”

To find out more about the Tri Campus Games, please visit: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/tricampusgames.php, or the facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=103846590265  

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Notes to Editors: A series of Tri-Campus Games photos are available to download from the University of Nottingham’s Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uonottingham.

The final results from the 3rd Tri Campus Games:

 

Gold medal

Silver medal

Bronze medal

Badminton M

Malaysia

UK

Ningbo

Badminton W

Malaysia

UK

Ningbo

Basketball M

Ningbo

Malaysia

UK

Basketball W

UK

Ningbo

Malaysia

Squash M

UK

Malaysia

Ningbo

Squash W

UK

Malaysia

Ningbo

Football M

Malaysia

UK

Ningbo

Football W

UK

Ningbo

Malaysia

Table Tennis M

UK

Malaysia

Ningbo

Table Tennis W

Ningbo

UK

Malaysia

Tennis M

UK

Malaysia

Ningbo

Tennis W

Malaysia

UK

Ningbo

Frisbee

UK

Malaysia

Ningbo

Mixed Volleyball

UK

Ningbo

Malaysia

Overall result: Gold – UK; Silver – Malaysia; Bronze – China

The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

More news from the University at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/news

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For more information contact Nigel Mayglothling, Assistant Director of Physical Recreation and Sport at nigel.mayglothling@nottingham.ac.uk
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: harry.waddle@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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