Leicester and DMU in final Varsity showdown

Posted by pt91 at Apr 27, 2018 11:52 AM |
Culmination of sporting contest will see university rugby teams face each other at Leicester Tigers stadium

Issued by University of Leicester on 27 April 2018

Photo/filming opportunities, Monday 30 April:

12.30pm: President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle will present the Varsity Trophy to Team Leicester on the Fielding Johnson Lawn.

From 6.15pm: Media are welcome to film and photograph the matches in progress at Leicester Tigers Stadium, Welford Road.

Photographs of Team Leicester available to download from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wrfx360pw7k55gr/AADRV8tvIaESAIlACey_fnJUa?dl=0

Watch Team Leicester’s Varsity 2018 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf0oVILw5kA

The sporting rivalry between the students of the University of Leicester and De Montfort University comes to a head on Monday 30 April as their teams take over the Leicester Tigers stadium for the eagerly awaited rugby matches.

Welford Road will host the men’s and women’s teams from University of Leicester and De Montfort University at the climax of this year’s Varsity season. This year, University of Leicester and Leicester Students’ Union invite everyone to ‘be part of it’ by joining the crowds. Gates open from 6.00pm with the women’s match kicking off at 6.15pm, with the men’s fixture at 8.00pm.

The Varsity rugby matches at Leicester Tigers were postponed due to recent adverse weather conditions but now mark the culmination of this year’s Varsity season with up to 8,000 spectators expected. More than 60 teams of students have been competing in nearly 30 sports to be crowned Varsity Champion

The University of Leicester has once again claimed the coveted title, which it has held the title every year since records began in 2000, with the current score standing at 35 points to DMU’s 21. The Varsity Trophy will be presented to Students’ Union Sports Officer Kennedy Adamu by President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle before the games on 30 April. Team Leicester will also unveil their new playing kit sponsored by the United Nations’s HeForShe movement.

But honour is still at stake in what are the most eagerly anticipated matches of all the games.

Varsity is an annual competition which pits sports teams from the University of Leicester, commonly known as Team Leicester, against teams from local neighbours De Montfort University. Despite the rivalry which runs between students of both institutions the matches are played in good spirit and is the highlight of the year for many competitors.

Paul Robbins, Team Leicester Sports Coordinator, said: “We have had an exceptionally successful Varsity period so far thanks to some fantastic performances from our teams. These successes are reflective of the performance-driven culture which continues to develop throughout the University’s competitive programme.”

Kennedy Adamu, Sports Officer at Leicester Students’ Union and Men’s First Team Basketball Power Forward, said: “Varsity is so special because it unites the University community as both sporting and non-sporting staff and students come together with a common goal – to protect our proud history of beating DMU.

“I’ve competed in Varsity since 2014 and there’s nothing quite like hearing hundreds of students chanting ‘Leicester’ at the top of their lungs. For sports teams, it’s the biggest match they’ll play all year and it’s always fantastic to see the support from the Students’ Union and University in encouraging everyone to be part of Team Leicester.”

Tickets for the Men’s and Women’s Rugby on Monday 30 April and Varsity wristband packages can be bought from SHOP! on campus and the Students' Union reception, and through the Tigers ticket office.

More information is available on the Leicester Tigers website: https://www.leicestertigers.com/news/welford-road-hosts-varsity-head-to-head

  • University of Leicester Varsity website: https://le.ac.uk/varsity
  • University of Leicester Varsity 2018 hashtag: #FearLeics


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Paul Robbins on pr142@leicester.ac.uk

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