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Going to University gives you a great opportunity to continue enjoying the sport you love, or to give something new a go! And with over 100 sports teams and societies now at the University of Chester, there’s a lot to choose from.

One event some of our sports teams have been involved in is the Varsity games. You may well be asking what Varsity is? In its simplest terms, it’s the bringing together of two university sports teams who compete in a day of games where only one will go home the victor!

In previous years, we have kept our Varsity a family affair, with sports teams on our Warrington Campus and Parkgate Road Campus competing against one another to take home the title. However in recent years, we’ve been inviting local universities to compete against us in the Varsity games.

This year, Varsity was hosted by Chester Students’ Union at the Parkgate Road Campus. On the day we saw 20 of our teams go head-to-head with the best the University of Salford Students’ Union had to offer. The campus was alive with activity on the day and Salford did themselves proud by bringing over 300 of their students to compete and support their teams.

Women’s Basketball was the first game of the day and from there we saw matches between Badminton, Rugby Union, Hockey, and Netball to name a few. At lunchtime we had fallen back to an overall score sheet of 5-2 to Salford, but Chester stormed back into it with three victories in a row from Table Tennis, Swimming and Squash.

As the day progressed, our Equestrian, Futsal, Ultimate Frisbee, and Volleyball teams all took part in the games, edging us further into the lead.

Chester Vixens, the University of Chester’s Cheerleading team, also took part and were centre stage during half-time in the men’s football game. Although a tier below Salford’s team in the leagues, Chester’s Vixens proved why they are the UK University Ultimate Cheerleading Champions by securing another win for Chester.

At the end of all of the games, Salford had put up a valiant fight, but it wasn’t enough to take home the silverware. The day finished 12 – 8 to Chester.

With Varsity 2016 now behind us, the planning for the 2017 Varsity games is already under way. If you’re interested in finding out what sports teams and societies we have at Chester, why not visit the Chester Students’ Union website. Or, to see our sports facilities for yourself, why not book onto an open day?

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