Meet the South East team

The South East will be looking to win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword for the third year running.

20 colleges took part in the 2018 regional tournaments with 17 being represented at the Championships in Nottingham.

Peter Symonds College have qualified in the women’s hockey for the fourth year running, while Highbury College have qualified in pan-disability football for the first time.

Colleges attending the Championships: Barton Peveril College; Bexhill College; BHASVIC; Brockenhurst; Chichester College; The 6th Form College Farnborough; Godalming College; Guildford College Group; Highbury College; Itchen College; Peter Symonds College; Queen Mary’s College; Reigate College; The College of Richard Collyer; Strode’s College; Woking College; Worthing College.

The sport the region is traditionally successful in: The region is traditionally successful in cross country, as both the men’s and women’s teams have finished in the top 3 since the 2016 National Championships. The South East has also won the women’s basketball and men’s golf for two years running.

One to watch: In their first time qualifying for National Championships in a team sport, the college of Richard Collyer  won an extremely competitive men’s basketball regional tournament and the team will hope to continue their excellent performances against other regions.

Peter Symonds College have made a huge contribution to the South East team with students representing the region in 11 out of the 13 sports at National Championships.

National Championships veteran: A few of the South East’s badminton players are competing in their second successive National Championships, including Tash Lado and Leah Allen from Peter Symonds, and Nick Pipe from Farnborough Sixth Form College.

What they say: Sarah Briggs, Sports Co-ordinator at Worthing College

“Qualifying for the National Championships is the highlight of our sporting year. To compete against the best colleges in your chosen sport, socialise with students from all over the country and use the facilities in an outstanding sports complex is something all Sports Academy students at Worthing College strive to be a part of.”