Published: 1 June 2018 at 13:40
Anglia Ruskin teams played several fixtures against community teams in the Town v Gown series as part of our University's 25th anniversary celebrations.
The matches were across a variety of sports and strengthened the links between the university and local teams in Cambridgeshire and Essex.
In the first set of games at Kelsey Kerridge and Coldham’s Common, Cambridge Volleyball Club, Crossways Badminton Club, Huntingdon Fencing Club and Cambridge Cats (American football) played against their ARU counterparts in a friendly but competitive manner.
Our men and women’s basketball teams played against Cambridge Cats at Stephen Perse Foundation with a mixed hockey match against Cambridge City Hockey Club concluding the Cambridge fixtures.
The third round was hosted on our Chelmsford campus with Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archery Club, Chelmsford Volleyball Club, Chelmsford Table Tennis League and Moulsham Badminton Club all welcomed at Mildmay Sports Centre.
Town v Gown is one of a number of sporting events organised by the Sport and Active Anglia team over the last year as part of the university’s celebrations.
Rauf Saatcioglu, an MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL student, plays for the university volleyball team and coaches at Cambridge Volleyball Club, our opponent in the Town v Gown match. He said:
“The event illustrated the unique relationship an institution such as ARU can have with a city.
“The match provided both teams with the opportunity to show off their abilities but most importantly their friendship and sportsmanship.
“Both teams thoroughly enjoyed the competition and strengthened their bond. As the local team’s coach and an ARU volleyball club member, it was great to see a demonstration of good volleyball from my players and my teammates.
“I hope that events like these continue to grow in the future and provide a spectacle for those who want to make the next step in joining us.”
James Cudmore, Assistant Head of Sport, said:
“The event was a great occasion providing our students with the opportunity to create stronger ties with the local community through sport.
“Whilst all the matches were well contested, they were played in a fantastic spirit. We thank all the clubs who took part and look forward to working with them more in the future.”