September 9, 2016, by Lindsay Hall
UoN to host BUCS table tennis individual championships
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and The University of Nottingham have agreed a two-year deal for the BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships to be hosted at our all-new £40m David Ross Sports Village.
The first instalment of the new two-year deal will come this year on 26 and 27 November. Last year’s event boasted almost 500 competitors across a number of events including: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The University of Nottingham has been one of the strongest universities when it comes to picking up BUCS medals in domestic table tennis competitions, with four of the 10 finalists in last year’s event studying at Nottingham. With our talented athletes and state-of-the-art facilities, BUCS, after careful consideration, chose Nottingham as the best location to progress the competition.
University of Nottingham Director of Physical Recreation and Sport, Dan Tilley said “The University of Nottingham has always prided itself on having a strong Table Tennis programme, and with our connections to China and Deng Yaping, we feel we offer a unique environment to help table tennis players achieve their potential. We therefore feel very honoured to have the chance to host the BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships, and with the new David Ross Sports Village opening this autumn we will be able to provide more space to cater for more entrants and therefore support the growth of table tennis within Higher Education.”
University of Nottingham Sports Officer, Lauren Heria added “We are delighted to welcome the BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships into our new home for sport the David Ross Sports Village for the coming two years. We are extremely proud of our table tennis programme and the achievements of our student athletes so to be able to offer them the opportunity to compete on home turf against the top athletes in the university circuit is fantastic. I know our students will relish the chance to watch some top level table tennis, and I hope that by hosting this event it will inspire more of our students to take up table tennis whilst at university and beyond.”
BUCS Event Coordinator for Table Tennis, Hayden Arrowsmith commented “To be responsible for one of the first national competitions hosted in the new facility is a unique honour. We’re excited about putting on a good show for all the competitors, and working with the University of Nottingham over the next two years to deliver an excellent event.”
Entries for the upcoming competition will open on Tuesday 13 September 2016. To find out more about the BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships click here.
Find out more about our state-of-the-art sporting facilities at the David Ross Sports Village.