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22 January 2008
Icy start to the 2008 Varsity Series

The first powerplay in the 2008 Varsity Series takes place on ice this year as Nottingham’s two universities lock horns in the sporting arena.

The Varsity ice hockey match takes place at the National Ice Arena in Nottingham on 25th February with organisers hoping to beat last year’s impressive attendance of more than 3,000 spectators. The charity for this year is the Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind, see website here.

As in previous years the event will also include impressive displays by cheerleaders representing both The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University as well as the puck competition and the battle of the bands.

The competition then takes to the football field and, by the start of summer the two universities will have gone head-to-head in no less than 10 sports at some of the region’s most impressive venues.

The Varsity Series 2008 programme is as follows:

Varsity Ice Hockey Attendance 2007: 3,100
Monday 25th February, Nottingham Ice Arena (Capacity 10,000)

Despite being the most recent addition to the Varsity series, the ice hockey match has a reputation of one not to be missed. The event will also include the cheerleaders, puck competition, and battle of the bands.

Varsity Football Attendance 2007: 3,467
Monday 3rd March 2008 at Meadow Lane, home of Notts County Football Club (capacity 20,300)

The football always has the crowds on edge as goals fly in from both sides, this year with the use of the family stand noise levels are set to rise even more. The women’s match kicks off at 5pm with the men’s following at 7.45pm. After the matches there will be a presentation of the trophies and medals for the winning teams.

Varsity Rugby League Attendance 2007: 600
Wednesday 30th April 2007 at Nottinghamshire R.U.F.C.

With the profile of rugby league increasing across the UK, this event continues to attract more and more support. The event will hold two matches, one being the 1st team and the second being the 2nd teams, highlighting an exciting afternoon of rugby league.

Varsity Basketball & Netball Event
12th March at Nottingham Trent Sports Centre

The basketball and Netball both drew big crowds in 2007, and now with the profile of these events increasing the popularity will be sure to grow with them. All three matches are held on the same day, with women’s basketball, netball and men’s basketball all played on the same court during one afternoon. Along side these great events there will be varsity volleyball and korfball, which will create an even busier atmosphere with five sports being played in one afternoon.

Varsity Hockey
Thursday 24th April 2008 at Highfields Water Base Pitch

The Varsity hockey is played on a top UK water based pitch here in Nottingham, and has been increasing in size rapidly over the last two years. With the games being played on a Wednesday afternoon students need no more encouragement to flock to Highfields and support all the hockey teams as they battle it out once more for those essential varsity points.

Varsity Rugby Union Attendance 2007: 2,200
Monday 21st April 2007 at Meadow Lane, home of Nottingham Rugby Club (capacity 20,300)

The Rugby Union event begins with the exciting finale of a two-month TAG Rugby community project, in which over 50 students from both universities will have been coaching teams from various Nottingham primary schools. Three years ago this very project, known as ‘Varsity in the Community’ won an award for Extraordinarily Outstanding Achievement at the National Student Volunteering Award Ceremony held at Twickenham Rugby Club. The women’s match will follow the TAG final at 5pm, with the men’s final at 7.30pm. Similar to the football, the cheerleaders will keep the crowds roaring and the winners will be presented with medals and the trophy.

Varsity Cricket Event Attendance 2006: 1,700
Date T.B.C., Venue T.B.C.

Held at one of Nottingham’s finest Cricket Grounds, it is always a very popular event, with crowds relaxing on a sunny summer’s afternoon. There will be half time entertainment from the cheerleaders and depending on the weather also from our charity and local schools. Being the finale of the Varsity Series for 2008 this event receives great support as it frequently comes to a nail biting finish. 

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