South West Region Win Wilkinson Sword
BCS held the largest annual college national multi-sports
championships of its kind in the UK from the 30th March to the 1st
April 2012 and have been praised for the success of this year's
The British Colleges Sport (BCS) National Championships involved
more than 2,000 students and staff from colleges across England,
Scotland and Wales competing in fourteen different sports.
It was held at the University of Bath for the second year, which
gave the young athletes access to some of the finest facilities in
Britain as they competed in a total of forty-five events over three
Paul Murray, Coleg Llandrillo
said "A massive thanks for
all BCS's efforts over the weekend, it was fantastic and the venue
College athletes taking part were aged 16 to 19
years and each had qualified to represent one of the championship's
eleven regional teams the East, East Midlands, London, North East,
North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands
and Yorkshire & Humberside.
The new BCS Chairman Kevin Hamblin
welcomed the competitors to the Championships at the opening
ceremony which also featured guest speaker Rachel Smith, Guinness
World Record Holder in Atlantic Rowing, University of Bath Director
of Sport Stephen Baddeley and BCS guest for the weekend Gagandeep
singh Marwah who travelled over from India to attend.
Gagandeep is Head of PE at Delhi Public School in Jaipur,
India and is part of BCS Lead Further International programme which
shares sporting expertise in sport development in education.
as guest speakers the competitors were entertained by South
Gloucestershire & Stroud Colleges Performing Art Students and
its Tae Kwon Do display team. The ceremony was concluded with
a fantastic display from Jump Rope UK.
The Wilkinson Sword, given to the region with the
most points accumulated over all the events, was won by the South
West who last won the sword in 2006.
The National Championships has grown from thirteen events in
seven sports when it was first held in 1979 to this year's
forty-five events in fourteen sports, with support from seven BCS
Student Council members and nine regional student event
Matt Ford, Student Volunteer
stated: "Being able to walk around every corner, and seeing a
different sport being performed at the highest level was simply
incredible, and the fact that all sportsmen and women have all come
together for a weekend of sport with the highest spirit possible
from start to end was amazing also."
"The thing that blew me away was that people spoke
the language of sport, the competitors of different sports and
regions were getting along and enjoying the spirit of the
championships, and this has all evolved from just a love of
"The power of sport is just inspiring, as were the
performers competing over the weekend, it's made me realise sport
can bring all different people, from all the way up in Scotland to
all the way down in the South West, to one place to do what they
love, and those opportunities in other walks of life don't come
around often. And I felt privileged to be a part of the 2012 BCS
National Championships, I loved every waking second and it will be
British Colleges Sport Chief
Executive John Hole said: "The 34th BCS National Championships has been a great
success; it is fantastic to see high achieving sport students
competing with great sportsmanship.
four consecutive years in the hands of the South East the Wilkinson
Sword is now in the possession of the South West after an extremely
close battle for the top 2 positions."
"We have also
continued to develop the volunteering programme with more than
fifteen young volunteers assisting with the running of events and
organising and manning our information centre."