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University of Nottingham Student athletes excel in BUCS

Posted on: July 26, 2011

Student athletes have kept up The University of Nottingham’s fine sporting tradition after finishing in the top ten of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league for the fifteenth year in succession.

The seventh place finish is a reflection of the Students’ Union team’s performances in 50 sports over the 2010/11 season, as well the BUCS Championships, where Nottingham took titles in: Archery, Canoe Slalom, Judo, Korfball, Pool, Swimming and Table Tennis.

While pleased with the overall performance, Director of Sport and Physical Recreation, Dan Tilley, was also delighted with the nominations achieved in the several individual categories at the BUCS Awards Dinner.

Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jess Sylvester was narrowly beaten in the Sportswoman of the Year award, while IWAS Junior Championship gold medalist Thomas Green was unlucky to miss out on the Sportsman of the Year prize.

Thomas Green winning gold at the 2011 IWAS Junior Championships

A third Nottingham nominee, Gabrielle Bunn, was also commended for her contribution in making the University’s inclusive sports programmes a success in the Volunteer of the Year category.

The English Studies student, who was described as “a real asset to the University of Nottingham, disability sport and the Sports Department in particular”, was nominated for helping disabled students access sport through the University’s Any-Body Club and Any-Buddy scheme.

Dan revealed that he was delighted that the University had secured a seventh place finish, particularly as one of only two institutions in the top ten not to offer a sports related degree (with the other — Oxford — finishing tenth).

He said: “This achievement clearly indicates what well rounded students we attract. However our aspirations are to become a top five institution and therefore, although we are delighted with seventh place, our sights are very much set on moving up the table.

“The recent launch of the Vaughan Parry Williams Coaching Fund, in memory of our previous Director of Sport, is a welcome campaign that will see a greater investment in coaching for the University sides. Not only will this improve performance but it will also deliver a greater all round student sporting experience.”

Dan continued: “We clearly have significant talent in terms of our students, and we therefore hope that by having the highest standard of coaching, our students will be able to achieve their potential.

In addition success breeds success, and we hope a successful thriving sports programme will attract a higher calibre of athlete to the University.

To find out more about sport at The University of Nottingham, please visit: www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport or check out our University of Nottingham Sport Facebook page.

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