The Nottingham Varsity Series is in 16th year with the two universities pitting their creme de la creme sports teams against each other in search of glory and bragging rights for the next year.
At first glance university sport hardly seems the most enthralling thing to be watching on an evening when you could be out drinking but trust me, it is far from it. More than one thousand students will take part in more than thirty sports over the course of the two weeks series and with thousands of students visiting venues across Nottingham to see some of the best sporting action it truly creates an atmosphere like no other.
At school, you may have played your rival secondary in a game of rugby or football but it was never really well attended and really not many people cared, the Notts Varsity series is quite literally a totally different ball game.
— FlyFM Sport (@FlyFMSport) March 28, 2017
From Canoe Polo, to American Football, to Golf, and Ice Hockey the Notts Varsity offers a sport that everyone can wet their appetite for competition on.
The rivalry holds no bounds and it’s a sporting series that not many can match. This isn’t highly paid elite professionals earning millions of pounds. This is players who are playing for the love of the game and personal development.
They wear their heart on their sleeve and go into battle with a fierce eye for victory.
One of the key statements for the ‘Varsity Oath’ is ‘We win together, we lose together, for the glory of sport.’ but along with the sportsmanship, it’s more than that. It’s all about the passion, pride, and purpose every individual puts into winning a point for the green and gold of the University of Nottingham or the Pink of Nottingham Trent University.
— FlyFM Sport (@FlyFMSport) May 9, 2016
It’s one of the biggest games of college ice hockey outside of Northern America. The Notts Varsity ice hockey at the Motorpoint Arena is an experience like no other. Both universities pack out the arena for a game that’s been hotly contested over the year with Trent edging it over their neighbours.
Being in the crowd is something else. You feel a family-like bond with every individual who surrounds you as you taunt the opposition and scream for the Trent Army. We haven’t won a series since 2010 so lets make this year our year.
If you’re not a fan of sports that doesn’t matter. What does matter is your support for the pink of NTU.
So, if you’re not already heading down to a Notts Varsity event this series, make plans to go down to one. I can guarantee you will not regret it.
Back the Trent Army and lets bring the series home.