Tyne & Wear to host AoC Sport National Championships 2016

AoC Sport is delighted to announce that Tyne & Wear will host the 2016 National Championships.

The championships will take place over the weekend of 15-17 April 2016, in a range of venues in across the sub region.
Tyne & Wear Sport, the County Sport Partnership, has led a consortium comprising the University of Northumbria, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Nirvana Europe and won the bid following a highly competitive tender process.

Now entering their 38th year, the National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport in colleges, providing recognition, enjoyment and a unique opportunity for students to compete. They also remain the largest annual student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 college students taking part last year. In 2016, events will take place across 14 different sports – including badminton, cross country, 7-a-side football, swimming and trampolining - with 300 staff and volunteers helping to ensure the occasion is as successful as ever.

AoC Sport Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said: “We are delighted to partner with Tyne & Wear Sport for the 2016 National Championships. They produced a fantastic bid and we are really excited at the prospect of next year’s Championships being the biggest and best showcase of college sport to date.

“We also anticipate the 2016 Championships to be the perfect platform to reinforce our new strategy: ‘Fit for College, Fit for Work, Fit for Life’, which outlines our ambition to get every student active.”

Andrew Walton, Chair of Tyne Wear Sport said: “We are delighted to have secured the AoC National Championships for Tyne & Wear. This is the first time that the event will be held in the North East and it will be a great way to demonstrate our passion and enthusiasm for sport to visitors from across the country. There is an established track record of delivering world-class events in our sub-region and we look forward to creating an unforgettable atmosphere and experience for the competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators attending the Championships in 2016."