Leicester leading Varsity

Posted by pt91 at Mar 13, 2018 12:22 PM |
Reigning champions hold firm in first week of battle of mind and muscle, teamwork and talent

Issued by University of Leicester on 13 March 2018

Photo/filming opportunities, Wednesday 14 March: Media are welcome to attend the following sports:

  • Basketball at Leicester Arena, Charter Street, Leicester, LE1 3UD, from 4pm – 10.30pm
  • Rowing on the River Soar, starting from The Watershed, Upperton Rd, Bede Island, Leicester LE2 7AU

Contact pt91@le.ac.uk or 0116 252 2415 if you plan to attend. Student interviewees for both sports are available.

As the sporting heroes of Leicester’s universities take to the field for a second week, the University of Leicester looks set to once more take home the Varsity trophy.

The scores are in and Leicester is in the lead with 25 points to De Montfort University’s 10 points, correct as of the end of Monday 12 March.

But it’s still all to play for as the Varsity series continues into Wednesday 14 March, with the competition capped off by the rearranged rugby matches on 30 April.

More than 60 teams of students are competing in nearly 30 sports over eight days to be eventually crowned Varsity Champion – a title that the University of Leicester has won every year since records began in 2000.

In venues across the city, the reigning Varsity champions are taking on De Montfort University.

This year, University of Leicester and Leicester Students’ Union invite everyone to ‘be part of it’ by joining the crowds at any of the more than sixty games taking place at venues across the city, including football, netball, basketball, tennis, badminton, squash, cricket, swimming, hockey, American football and cycling. The familiar homes of legendary Leicester sports teams will be the backdrop for many of the games, including the Leicester Tigers stadium on Welford Road and the Leicester Riders Arena.

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.

With the best sporting talent from both universities on display, it’s unsurprising that the games draw crowds of students, staff and even the local Leicester community. The basketball matches on 14 March have a projected attendance of over a thousand spectators while the men’s and women’s rugby matches, rearranged for Monday 30 April, are expected to draw up to 8,000 spectators.

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. Those who have already purchased tickets are urged to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for the rescheduled fixtures.

Paul Robbins, Team Leicester Sports Coordinator, said: “Varsity is a fantastic opportunity for our University community to come together under the Team Leicester banner. Whether students are competing or showing their support, there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute and be involved.”

Kennedy Adamu, Student Sports Officer at Leicester Students’ Union and Power Forward, Men’s First Basketball Team, 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.”

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

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Notes to editors:

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

Please note: the Varsity rugby matches at Leicester Tigers have been postponed until Monday 30 April due to the recent adverse weather conditions. Read an announcement from Leicester Tigers here: https://www.leicestertigers.com/news/varsity-match-postponed-until-april-30

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