Staff and students from the University of Gloucestershire and UCAS went head to head in a series of competitive sports matches in the first ever Universities Week Challenge games, with the University coming out on top.

In celebration of last week’s Olympic themed Universities Week 2012 (30 April – 6 May) the University and UCAS began a friendly rivalry covering five sports – tennis, badminton, dodgeball, football and netball. The university ended up coming out on top 5-0 over the course of the week, and took home the inaugural Universities Week Challenge trophy on Sunday evening.

Cathy Gilbert, Director of Customer Strategy at UCAS said: “People from across the organisation came together to represent UCAS. It was fantastic to see Mary Curnock Cook, our Chief Executive step onto the court on Monday as part of the tennis fixture. Even though it would have been great to have taken home the title, it was more about people getting involved. The week also strengthened our relationship with our local university and we hope to reignite this friendly rivalry with them soon.” Dr Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “The first UCAS v University of Gloucestershire Games has been a great experience. It’s been a chance for staff and students of all levels to get involved with team sports and enjoy some friendly competition with UCAS. I would like to thank the organisers for all their hard work and look forward to similar events in the future.”

The event was organised by James Durant from UCAS and UNIversal Sport Co-ordinator, Gary McLean at the University of Gloucestershire. Gary adds, “It has been great to work with UCAS and produce such an event to raise the awareness of Universities Week. Our University plays a key role in providing sporting opportunities available to staff, students and of course the local community. I am delighted that the University has won the event but I think it is important to not let that overshadow the important message about the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity.”

Along with the Universities Week Challenge, UCAS employees also took part in five days of fun sporting activities such as cycling, running and swimming, culminating in a charity fun day on Friday. Staff raised £730.17 for Bournstream, a local outdoor adventure play area for children with special needs. Universities Week 2012 recognised and celebrated the contribution that our universities make to the Olympic movement and the sports industry in the UK.

Source: Universtity of Gloucestershire