"A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our learners" - meet the East Midlands team

The East Midlands is known for its strength in squash, women’s rugby and badminton.

More colleges than ever took part in this year’s regional tournaments with 10 of the 15 colleges going on to represent the region at the Championships.

Colleges attending Championships: Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth College, Lincoln College, New College Stamford, Derby College, Loughborough College, Nottingham College, Moulton College, Burton and South Derbyshire College, Bilborough Sixth Form, Tresham College

Who to look out for:  Loughborough College are definitely the college to watch this year as they secured an impressive 100 places in the East Midlands team (men’s basketball, cross country, women’s football, golf, hockey, women’s rugby, men’s rugby, table tennis, tennis, men’s volleyball, and women’s volleyball). 

The particular teams to watch are both the men’s and women’s rugby squads. The women’s team will be looking to defend their 2018 title while the men’s team will be looking for a test for their newly formed side, which outperformed all teams in the East Midlands.

National Championship veteran: This will be Alex Fray’s (Nottingham College) second year playing squash at the National Championships. Alex captained the East Midlands team last year.

This year proved to be one of the most competitive years for squash in the region, with some very exciting and high standard games but once again Alex managed to beat the competition and confirm his place in the team.

What they say: Gavin Knox, Pan disability football at Lincoln College:

“Lincoln College are extremely proud to be representing the East Midlands for the fifth time in six years. For many learners this is the only opportunity they have to compete in a competitive LD football tournament. The LD football truly enriches the learner journey.

For many of the players, this will be their first time staying away from home. This brings added responsibility and supports independent life skills alongside competing against the best athletes in Great Britain.

This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that all the players will remember. We are excited about making memories and hopefully winning a medal!”

Loughborough College Sport Development Manager Rob Jarram: “It’s such an exciting competition for the students, and for the staff for that matter. The standard of competition gets higher each year so to have students and squads successfully qualify for the second year in a row is a fantastic achievement.”