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23 May 2011

Providing a worldwide sporting education

A truly unique sporting event at The University of Nottingham offers students from across the globe the chance to compete, experience new cultures and establish a worldwide network of contacts this month.

The third annual Tri Campus Games (TCG), to be held in Ningbo China from June 6-10, will see 180 athletes studying in the UK, China and Malaysia compete across 14 events and eight sports, in the only international intra mural university games currently held.


Tri-Campus Games

This year the event is expected to produce the usual high level of competitive sport, with competitions including: badminton, basketball, Frisbee, futsal, squash, table tennis and volleyball. However, for the first time, 2011 will also see Nottingham all-star teams take on local universities.

As well as the matches, participants will hear a welcome address from Professor Nick Miles — Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China — and take part in two trips; a visit to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai and also the comparative tranquillity of Hangzhou, a place often referred to as ‘paradise on earth’. Evening activities reflecting Chinese culture will also take place during the week, including tug-of-war, chop-stick tennis and a balloon dance.

Assistant Director of Sport and TCG organiser, Nigel Mayglothling believes that the Games will be of huge benefit to all of the students involved as well as the University itself.

He explained: “This unique opportunity allows current students to explore an inspiring country and culture, build life-long contacts from across the globe and play sport at an elite level. But it is also a fantastic opportunity to raise Nottingham’s profile, build links with other universities and attract new students.”

“Ningbo will give us the opportunity to enhance the student experience, to get more people interested and involved in sport and, through the TCGs, create an international network of past and present students... it really showcases what Nottingham is capable of.”

Sam Bucknall, a final year chemistry student and TCG3 UNUK Team Manager, also believes that the event can greatly enhance the student experience and is eager for the Games to get underway.

He explained: “The aim of the competition is to unite students from Nottingham, Ningbo and Semenyih campuses in a spirit of friendship and sporting excellence. The three campuses will also have the opportunity to prove that the University does not only excel as an educator, but also in the sporting opportunities and facilities which make Nottingham a truly unique and innovative University.

“Students will have the opportunity to meet others from different cultures, but by visiting international campuses they also have the chance to integrate themselves into those cultures.  The event also proves just how unique and amazing our University is. Not only does it have international campuses, but it actively promotes integration between those campuses, and encourages students to bond on an academic and sporting level.”

The UK team will leave University Park Sports Centre at 7am on Friday June 3. To find out more about the Tri Campus Games, please visit the website is available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/tricampusgames.php, the facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=103846590265, or see Video updates from the 2010 TCG in Malaysia at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TriCampusGames


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