Taking place for the first time on 26th April 2017 at Leeds Beckett- Headingley Campus in what is hoped to become an annual event, Manchester Met students will take on Leeds Beckett in a varsity challenge comprising of 20 teams competing in over 14 different sports.
Both universities are keen to engage and take on the opportunity to link up and show their true mettle. Drawing on conversations from 2016, it was deemed that a chance to finish the year off with this fantastic challenge would be a great event for not only the 600 athletes participating (300 from each University) but also the 200+ spectators expected to attend. It’s also going to be a grand send off for Leeds students graduating this year.
And that’s not all. 40 cheerleaders will perform 2 routines between the showcase matches of men’s Basketball and Hockey, the latter of which will form the finale of the day. Manchester Met however, will be back on their home ground next year with a second varsity against Leeds Beckett planned to take place in Manchester in 2018.
Strategic Lead for Sport, Neil Hurren said:
“The Battle of the North is a great opportunity to extend our links with Leeds Beckett and bring together two Universities who take their sports offer very seriously. We are keen to develop the competition into a yearly event and increase engagement with our students who are not only participating but also spectating at this sporting showcase.”
Leeds Beckett Club Development Officer, Jo Mannion, said:
“We introduced this new Varsity tournament to celebrate the end of the BUCS season; for many students this will be the last fixture they play for the University so we wanted to make it memorable. What is unique about this Varsity is that it does not focus on the first teams but encourages teams to be made up of 2nd, 3rd and 4th team players as well. We really hope this event is a success and encourage everyone to come down and show their support.”
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