Players compete for the ball at the 2014 Games hosted in Ningbo
Top student sports players from the University of Nottingham making their final preparations ready to battle for the 2017 Tri Campus Games title.
Last year’s champion Team UK start their 15 hour journey to the University of Nottingham’s Ningbo campus tomorrow morning, where they will be joined by their opponents from Nottingham’s two international locations Semenyih (Malaysia) and this year’s hosts.
Now in its ninth year, the event is completely unique in the University sector and features eight different sports in the programme; badminton, basketball, football, squash, table tennis, tennis, Ultimate and volleyball.
The programme of the event includes an opening and closing ceremony, several days of fixtures and cultural visits to Ningbo and the surrounding areas. Whilst fixtures are fiercely competitive, the theme of the Tri Campus Games is ‘Friendship through Sport’, with the athlete oath a key highlight of the opening ceremony.
Dan Tilley, Director of Sport at the University of Nottingham, commented;
“The Tri Campus Games is an incredible example of the international education that Nottingham graduates receive. As well as the sport, the chance to travel across the globe, meet their peers from Malaysia and China and make lifelong friendships is invaluable.”
“We’re very excited about the showcase our colleagues from Ningbo are organising and I wish all the athletes, official and support teams the best of luck in the 2017 Games!”
Lauren West, a third year Sports Rehabilitation student, is travelling to China as a member of the support team for all 120 athletes;
“As part of my course, one of my placements is at the new Sports Injury Clinic at the David Ross Sports Village and before Easter I was asked if I would like to be part of the physiotherapy and sports rehab team in Ningbo. As this is an unbelievable opportunity to gain international experience, I was very quick to say yes!”
“This is a new experience for me and it’s been really important to be as prepared as possible. As well as attending all the team briefings, I’ve researched into travelling with large teams, the cultural differences I should be aware of and how to best support athletes observing Ramadan.”
The 2017 Tri Campus Games kicks off this Sunday 11 June, with matches starting the following day.
For the full fixture list, click here. To track the action live from University of Nottingham’s Ningbo Campus, follow UoN Sport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - #tcg2017.
For more information on the Tri Campus Games event please visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/tricampusgames or contact Kate Rothery, Sports Marketing and Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Thursday 8th June 2017