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Gateway College Retains City FE Varsity Trophy For Another Year

Over 200 young people, aged 16-19 from across the city took part in the fifth annual Further Education (FE) Varsity Championship on Wednesday 3rd May. 

The event took place at the Leicester Arena and saw defending champion Gateway College retain their title against Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Regent College and Leicester College across five sport disciplines including basketball, cricket, dodgeball, table tennis and badminton.

The annual festival is a celebration of the work carried out by the College Sports Makers who work within each of the city colleges to encourage and increase student participation in physical activity.  The Sports Makers roles were created as part of the Olympic legacy funding in partnership with Sport England and has been facilitated by Leicestershire and Rutland Sport.

All students taking part in the championship were selected by their Sports Maker because of their commitment and enjoyment of sports activities throughout the academic year.  The aim of the day was for the students to have fun playing with and against their friends from their own college and neighbouring colleges.  Students who had taken part in previous year’s Varsity events particularly relished the opportunity to meet up with old friends and sporting rivals again on the pitch and courts. 

Gateway College student Mariama, aged 18 said, “I play basketball at college but have never competed in anything like this.  I’m really glad I was chosen to come, it is so much fun and we feel really motivated to do our best.”

Jonathan Dick, Sports Maker at Gateway College said, “This year more than any other the emphasis was on participation in sport.  The event gave students who are not normally involved in competitive sport the opportunity to represent their colleges.  All of the sessions we run in the colleges are linked to clubs and activities within the community with the aim of students developing a love of being active, making positive lifestyle choices and building good habits for life.  We are very proud of what we have achieved over the last 5 years and have seen hundreds of students flourish and grow in confidence as they make new friends, experience being part of a team and develop a sense of belonging and inclusion.”

Dave Allen, City Development Officer for Leicestershire County Cricket Club added, “I am involved in the delivery of cricket activities at both Regent and WQE Colleges and am officiating the cricket at today’s event.  It’s great to see the students getting involved and becoming passionate about playing, we hope that they will take it further and join a club in their local community as well as at college.”

Friends Samira, aged 16 sand Nimo, aged 17 from Regent College said, “We are taking part in the badminton today.  We play at college but this is very different, the atmosphere is really good and we are excited to be taking part.”

 

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