Sport used to create strong community links

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The University of Nottingham finished victorious as students took on sports clubs from across the city at the second annual ‘Town and Gown’ tournament.

The event, held at University Park on Sunday 28 April, once again saw a competitive but friendly series of matches, deigned to foster strong links between University and city clubs.

After the inaugural competition had finished all square in 2012, the University made the most of home advantage to seal a narrow victory following tightly contested matches in all nine sports played.

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A tight contest

In the first half of the day, wins for the city representatives in softball, basketball and men and women’s hockey saw ‘Town’ charge into a 4-1 lead, with the University’s only reply coming via a narrow victory in table tennis.

However, the University sides were undeterred and rattled off four straight wins in lacrosse, volleyball, handball and archery to take the title with a 5-4 series triumph.

Following the tournament, Assistant Director of Sport Nigel Mayglothling explained: “The aim of the Town and Gown is to offer clubs an opportunity to meet up in a competitive but friendly series of matches across a wide range of sports, fostering solid links between Town and Gown clubs.

“The 2013 Tournament again saw all sports strongly contested over a busy day, with some very tight results. The competition went down to the final rounds of the archery competition, with the University archers doing just enough to win the tie, and with it the 2013 Town and Gown event.”

University Table Tennis Head Coach Nicola Perry, a Nottingham alumni who is retained via the Vaughan Parry Williams Coaching Fund, added: “It was great to get revenge on the City after losing so narrowly to them last year.

“To have a friendly event that brings all our sports teams together, especially as we usually don’t get the opportunity to meet and support each within a single competition, also make Town and Gown a special event to be a part of.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

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