Students from Hills Road Sixth Form College have qualified to represent the East of England in 11 major sports at the Association of Colleges National Championships 2017.
Hills Road teams and individuals fought off stiff competition from colleges across the East region to win gold/silver/bronze/placings in the following sports: netball, cross country, cricket, volleyball, badminton, tennis, golf, hockey, table tennis, squash and rugby, which qualifies them for the national finals taking place at the University of Nottingham and surrounding facilities over this coming weekend of 21-23 April.
The AoC Sport National Championships will see the Hills team competing against athletes from colleges across England and Wales. As well as individual and team glory, teams will be aiming to accumulate points for their region.
Student and Captain of the Netball team Kerri Hilton Taylor 18, said “We were extremely delighted to win the Regional netball tournament back in November, where we beat SEEVIC College in a nail biting final.”
“It was a particularly exciting moment for the team as we had experienced a loss in the final last year to the same team by just one goal.”
“As a result of this win, we qualified for the nationals which we are looking forward to competing in. It is going to be a tough weekend against very strong opposition, but I am sure the team will step up to the mark and play some very good, high quality netball.”
“At the same time, we will be supporting our fellow students from Hills Road and the Region to bring back the coveted Wilkinson Sword trophy to the East.”
AoC Sport Managing Director, Marcus Kingwell, said: “We are really excited about this year’s National Championships, which will be hosted at state-of-the-art facilities in Nottingham.
“Ours will be the first major Multi-Sports event to take place at the David Ross Sports Village, and we believe the standard of the facilities will provide students with an incredible experience.
“We could even see a future Olympic champion in action at the Championships.”
The AoC Sport National Championships are now in their 39th year and remain the largest student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 students taking part last year. Colleges will compete in 13 different sports over a three-day period, taking place in some of the best facilities in the country.
For more information about the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, please visit www.aocsportchamps.org