AoC Sport is delighted to announce a brand new venue for the 2017 National Championships, as we move the event to the state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Nottingham.
The 39th annual Championships, to be held 21-23 April 2017, will move to the centre of the country, making it accessible for all our member colleges and providing students with the best possible facilities.
The brand new David Ross Sports Village, a world-class indoor sports arena which opens in September, will host a number of events, while others will take place at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Nottingham Hockey Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre.
The AoC Sport National Championships 2017 will be run in collaboration with Nottingham Conferences - the event delivery arm of the University of Nottingham – as well as Sport Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council and tourism agency Experience Nottinghamshire.
AoC Sport managing director Marcus Kingwell said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the University of Nottingham as hosts for the 2017 AoC Sport National Championships.
“We are very impressed with what the team at Nottingham Conferences and their associates have to offer.
“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.”
Andrew May, General Manager at Nottingham Conferences, said: “We are delighted that Nottingham Conferences and our partners have secured the AoC Sport National Championships, re-enforcing the City of Nottingham status as ‘The Home of Sport’.
“The Championships provide an amazing opportunity to showcase both the City and University’s sporting infrastructure. The University of Nottingham has invested heavily in sport over recent years to create class-leading sporting facilities for future students.
“I am delighted that AoC Sport competitors will have a great opportunity to experience them first-hand.”
The National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport in further education and sixth form colleges, providing recognition, enjoyment and a unique opportunity for students to compete.
They remain the largest annual student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 college students taking part last year, and can provide a fantastic springboard for competitors, with Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty having competed in the 2013 Championships.
College teams and individual competitors can qualify to represent their region through regional tournaments hosted throughout the autumn term AoC Sport. In 2017, events will take place across 13 different sports, including badminton, 7-a-side football, squash and volleyball.