Bristol universities to battle it out on the pitch
Posted: 07/03/2007 15:57:46
The football clubs of Bristol's two universities will be the next contenders to battle it out on the pitch when they take part in the Football Varsity match this week [Wednesday, 7 March] at Manor Farm FC.
The Football Varsity match has been an annual event for both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England for the last six years. The fixture’s move to Manor Farm FC last year saw a sell out crowd of 1,500.
All money raised from the match will go to charity. Half of the proceeds will go to local charities and half to a Bristol University student and staff team competing under the banner of Safaricom in the Tusk Africa and Bristol Half Marathons. The team are aiming to raise ten thousand pounds to fund the construction of sports facilities at schools in Lewa, Kenya
Tom Noble, Athletic Union (AU) Chair, Bristol University, said: “The Football Varsity is a fantastic event and provides a great opportunity to showcase the sporting calibre of the two Bristol universities. The ‘Creek’ is the sort of ground that allows you as a spectator to be right on top of the action and guarantees a terrific atmosphere.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone and hope that we can make this event one that both universities and the city as a whole can be proud of. Our teams are both in good form and it would be great to see them repeat last year’s emphatic success on the pitch!”
There will be a free coach service to the match (only) from Churchill, Stoke Bishop leaves at 5.15pm and the Students’ Union, Queen’s Road at 5 pm.
Tickets cost £3.50 in advance and are available from the AU office, Students’ Union, Queen’s Road, the Union Shops, Queen’s Road and Stoke Bishop, and members of both university football clubs. Tickets can also be bought on the day at the turnstiles, costing £5.
The Football Varsity match between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England takes place at Manor Farm FC, The Creek, Portway, Bristol, BS9 2HS. Gates open at 5 pm with the first match getting underway at 6 pm.
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