This years British Colleges Sport (BCS) National Championships takes place at the University of Bath from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 April. The BCS National Championships is held annually and the first championship was held in 1979. As well as competing in their chosen sport students also compete for regional points. At the end of the weekend the region with the most points are announced the overall championship winner and are awarded the Wilkinson Sword. In 2013 the Wilkinson Sword was won by the West Midlands.
Worthing College is again providing the backbone of the strong South East squad that hopes to bring the Wilkinson Sword back to the South East. The South East team is made up of 201 students from 17 Colleges and students from Worthing College make up 24 of the 201 squad places. Based on College size* Worthing is the most represented College from the South East and the 24 Worthing students are made up of 12 Women’s Football players, 8 Women’s Rugby players, 2 Badminton players and 2 Swimmers.
Staff member Tina Price (Sports Development Officer and Netball Performance Programme coach) is also one of two staff captains for the South East. Tina leads the Worthing College Sports Performance and Active Health and Wellbeing provision. As well as this leadership responsibility Tina also looks for new ways to get 16-19 year olds active, works closely with the BCS and Hampshire PE association and ensures students at Worthing College take advantage of the great sporting opportunities on offer.
Good luck to all the students who are competing and many thanks to all the staff who have given up their time to enable the students to enjoy the opportunity. Follow @worthingsport on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend and a full report about the National Championships will be posted after Easter.
* Peter Symonds is the most represented College from the South East with 34 students in the South East squad. However based on the latest Ofsted reports Peter Symonds has a total of 2,832 16-18 students whereas Worthing College has 1,661 eligible students. Therefore based on College size Worthing is the most represented College from the South East.