A global sports event uniting athletes from 20 nations is set to take place at The University of Nottingham this month.
The week-long Tri-Campus Games — the first tournament featuring competing teams form all three of the University’s national campuses — takes place from Monday June 22.
Athletes from Botswana, Hungary, Laos and Sudan are among those heading to University Park for the tournament, a unique event in higher education. The Ningbo, Malaysia and UK teams will compete in traditional sports — including squash, badminton, basketball and swimming — as well as emerging popular sports, such as Futsal, Ultimate Frisbee and Wattbike relay racing.
Each of the campuses has held trials to select their teams and the field is looking strong. Teams are a mix of many different nations — the GB Mixed Volleyball Team features members from Sweden, France, Hungary, Spain, Trinidad and Malaysia whilst the Malaysian Ladies Futsal Team includes Sri Lankan, Sudanese, Kenyan, Botswanan and Malaysian nationals amongst its players. Teams are also a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Tri-Campus Games will be the first sporting event bringing together athletes from the University’s UK campuses, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. A ceremony at University Park’s Derby Hall will mark the opening of the event on Sunday June 21, with events starting the following day. All events take place at the University Park Sports Centre and Swimming Pool.
The games are open to all spectators — visit the event website at www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/tricampus.php for schedules and information. It is hoped that the Tri-Campus Games will become a regular University event, held across the international campuses.
Nigel Mayglothling is lead organiser of the Tri-Campus Games. He said: “The Tri-Campus Games are intended to help celebrate the diverse range of students we attract and the unique opportunities The University of Nottingham offers. The team selections highlight both the quality of our students and the truly international nature of all of our campuses.
“Nottingham remains in the very top echelons of the British University Sport ranking tables. Hosting the founding Tri-Campus Games in Nottingham reinforces our sporting history and current credentials while also demonstrating that little bit extra which the University gives to — and expects of — all our students.”
Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
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