Varsity shake up as sporting series shortened to three weeks

Varsity is going to be squeezed into three weeks with new sports added to the series too.


The biggest sporting event of the year will be played out over just three weeks, beginning just after the Easter break in the lead up to exams.

Kiri Madhani, the SU Sports Officer, told URN that there are big changes ahead for this years Varsity series against Trent.

This marks a change from previous years where Varsity kicked off with the ice hockey straight after the January exam period and continued through to June.

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Post January exam ice hockey victory will be no more

Kiri said: “This is to create a massive buzz and get everyone involved”.

However, at such a difficult time of year with final exams and dissertations looming for many, surely Varsity is going to be a massive distraction for both the teams and spectators.

“I can’t believe it’s all happening over just 3 weeks, how am I going to have time to procrastinate now?” said third year computer science student Jack.

New  sports to be included

New sports to be included

She also revealed that Varsity will include three new sports.

Cheerleading is to get a whole event to themselves for the first time as well as wheelchair basketball and volleyball.

They are also looking to make table tennis a spectator sport this year.

With now nearly 20 sporting events, the series is going to be a relentless three weeks of Nottingham rivalry.

Varsity winners

Varsity winners set to play at Trent Bridge

Kiri seems determined to make this year’s Varsity one to remember. She told URN: “We are looking to take the sports to bigger and better venues so maybe Trent Bridge for the cricket.”

Men’s Cricket captain Tim Rawlinson told The Tab: “It sounds like a logical decision and of course we are very excited.”

We won the series last year 8-7 after a cricket victory in June. Trent have not won in 5 years, a legacy that Kiri is keen to continue.