Brain injury charity to benefit from students' sporting rivalry

13 Feb 2013 14:16:29.807

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Students at the Universities of Nottingham and Trent are enjoying the opportunity to renew rivalries in the name of charity, ahead of the headline event in this year’s Varsity Series.

On Monday night a capacity crowd will pack into the Capital FM Arena to witness two hours of thrilling ice hockey, in the latest instalment of the 14-match competition.

After wins in both male and female basketball for The University of Nottingham and victory for Trent in the American Football, the series is finely poised ahead of the eagerly anticipated ice hockey match.

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Sporting rivalry

University of Nottingham Athletic Union Officer Jonny Bell, explained that the annual rivalry is a fantastic opportunity for the city’s students and the profile of University sport.

He said: “We’re very fortunate to have such equal sporting rivals in the same city, which helps to make the Nottingham Varsity series one of the most competitive and widely spectated outside North America.

“The huge success Varsity has had in recent years has also greatly increased the awareness and importance of sport at Nottingham. Although participation is limited to elite athletes, anyone can get involved, whether it’s helping to sell tickets, promoting or organising the events or raising money for charity.”

A worthy cause

While students will be hoping to claim the bragging rights brought about by victory, the success of the series will also be felt by brain injury charity, Headway.  

The charity, which helps and supports people affected by brain injury, was chosen as the partner charity for the event after representatives of the Students’ Union at both universities were impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the charity’s volunteers.

For more information, please visit the Nottingham Varsity Facebook page.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United KingdomChina 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.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news… 

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union: is one of the largest in the sector with nearly 36,000 members on campuses in the UK. The Union exists to represent the interests of its members to relevant stakeholders and to provide quality services and development opportunities for its membership.

The Union operates over 200 student-led societies and groups and 74 sports clubs for its members. Its student-run fundraising organisation, Karnival, is one of the largest in Europe raising over £1.6million for good causes throughout 2012. It boasts the oldest Student Volunteer Centre which has approximately 3,000 students participating in over 120 projects. URN, the student radio station, and Impact, the student magazine and our TV station NUTS, have won a clutch of recent national accolades.

As well as this the Union also operates three retail outlets, a bar and a print shop to serve its members. Profits are passed back into the Union to fund member-based activities.

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For more information please contact Laura Kirby, Marketing Coordinator, University of Nottingham Students’ Union on 0115 846 8726, or email

Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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