Somerset colleges in first football intra-murals

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By M2S_Media | Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 11:45

England Women footballer Corrine Yorston was a star attraction when students from five colleges across Somerset came together for the inaugural British Colleges Sport (BCS) Intra-mural Championships.

The small-sided football event was held at Strode College, Street, and also involved students from Bridgwater College, Yeovil College, and Somerset College and Richard Huish College, both in Taunton.

It was open to those who were not BCS league players to allow young men and women who had not previously represented their college in county football events or BCS leagues to enjoy a fun football festival with other students across Somerset while representing their college.

Corrine, who has won six England caps and plays club football for Keynsham Town, on loan from Bristol Academy, presented awards to the players, volunteers, and referees.

The event was themed around UEFA’s Champions League and saw each team named after one of this season’s final 16 clubs, with scoring on a fair play system.

The Fair Play Award in the men’s section went to Yeovil College, and the women’s award was won by Bridgwater College.

The event was managed by student leaders guided by British Colleges Sport National Apprentices Craig Zimmerman and Dan Wright, who were supported by BCS staff.

Students also refereed matches and ran creative street soccer activities alongside the championships.

Somerset Football Association, County Development Manager, Sarah Lawler, also attended the event to talk to students about opportunities available through football.

Lauren O’Sullivan, BCS - College and Community Football Co-ordinator, said:

“The BCS Intra-mural Championships represents an exciting step forward for football in Somerset.

“I saw female basketball teams become footballers for the day and watched students who would not otherwise have met come together from across their college, become friends, and form a team.

“The event helped unite students from across each college and across the county.

“It was great to see students leading students, with student volunteers running the event, organising fun activities alongside fixtures, and refereeing the matches. This created a huge buzz around the day.

“Now, the challenge is to encourage more young people to participate in sport and football by setting up intra-mural leagues for each Somerset college with students having ownership of these leagues through the creation of Student Management Teams.”

British Colleges Sport, formed in 1978 and with its headquarters near Yeovil, is the premier organisation for sport in further education, with around 15,000 students taking part in sport every week.

It also organises:

  • The largest annual national multi-sports championships of its kind in the UK
  • National representative teams in men’s and women’s hockey and netball, and England, Scotland, and Wales national teams in men’s and women football and rugby
  • Competitive leagues and cup competitions for college students across the UK at ‘participation’, ‘performance’ and ‘elite’ levels in football, hockey, basketball, rugby union, rugby league, squash, badminton, netball, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, athletics, golf, gymnastics, and rowing

Anybody who wants to know more about British Colleges Sport can visit www.britishcollegesport.org or email simone.rooks@britishcollegessport.org or telephone 01935 823444.

      

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