For two weeks between 27 February and 14 March, the city of Bristol will play host to one of the biggest sporting events in the south west: the Varsity series.
The Varsity series sees teams from the University of the West of England (UWE) go head to head against teams from the University of Bristol across over 35 sports and activities. The students compete in their chosen sport against their closest rivals whilst raising money for local charity.
In the last five years the event has raised in excess of £50,000 for local charities and each Students’ Union. This year’s chosen charity, for the second year running, is 1625 Independent people (1625ip).
The series began in 1995, when Bristol first challenged UWE to a Boat Race in the Bristol Docks. Since then, Varsity has grown to include over 1,500 athletes in over 90 teams.
Varsity events include:
Tickets are available for these events now at: www.varsityseries.com
Tickets are £5 for one event, £8 for two events and £10 for three events. The Boat Race and 5k are free to spectate.
Steph Harris, Sport and Student Development Officer at the University of Bristol Students’ Union said:
“This year’s Varsity is going to be bigger and more exciting than ever before, with a new event, darts, and more students than ever involved. I’m so proud to work with such a vast number of students who are really committed to their sports and to raising money for our chosen charity: 1625ip. Bristol are defending champions this year, and we’ll be giving everything we’ve got to hold on to that trophy! Last year we saw 5000 students and members of the community come together to support the teams. It would be great to grow that even more this year!”
Adam Brittain, VP Sport and Health at The Students’ Union at UWE, said:
“It has been absolutely amazing to work on such a fantastic series and this year will be the best yet. It is great to see both institutions providing a sporting platform that involves over 2000 students. This year I want to see all of our UWE athletes steer us to an overall win! It’s important not to forget that the Varsity Series is raising money for an amazing charity 1625 Independent People. Let’s get behind Team UWE!”
Chief Executive of 1625ip, Dom Wood said:
"We are very honoured to have been chosen as Varsity headline charity for a second year and are looking forward to building on the amazing support already shown by students at both universities. With current pressures on public funding, this kind of community support is ever more valuable for ensuring we can continue to provide the breadth of specialist services that we do.
This is a really positive example of young people empathising and getting involved to raise funds and awareness for their peers who might need a little support getting back on their feet.”