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A sporting chance

Friday 11 March 2016

Local community invited by Students' Unions to show their support for 1625ip as teams from Bristol's two universities battle it out on turf and water over the coming days.

The 2016 Varsity Series, which commenced on the 28th February, will culminate with three high profile events open to the public: 
Boat Race: 11am Saturday 12 March, Bristol Harbourside 
5k Run: 11am Sunday 13 March, Clifton Down 
Rugby: 6pm Monday 14 March, Memorial Stadium

Tickets for the rugby are £5 and are available at varsityseries.com. The Boat Race and 5k are free to spectators. 1625ip will be setting up stall down by the Olive Shed at the Boat Race on Saturday from 11am to answer any questions and cheer on the rowers.
Funds raised from ticket sales and bucket collections will go towards 1625ip's work supporting young people with housing, life skills, homeless prevention, counselling, advice, confidence building, budgeting, health, training and finding work.

The Varsity Series sees teams from the University of the West of England (UWE) go head to head against teams from the University of Bristol across over 35 sports and activities. The students compete in their chosen sport against their closest rivals whilst raising money for charity. The series began in 1995, when Bristol first challenged UWE to a Boat Race in the Bristol Docks. Since then, Varsity has grown to include over 1,500 athletes in over 90 teams.

While they may be rivals on the field, both Students' Unions are united in wanting to support young people faced with homelessness in our community. Following on from the successful partnership in the 2015 Varsity Series, which saw over £6000 donated to1625ip, we are the official Varsity headline charity for the second year running in 2016. In the spirit of healthy competition, this year the Varsity Committee is aiming to beat last year's total and continue to make a real difference for the young people supported by 1625ip.

The ongoing partnership has provided a platform for students to see the impact of their support and engage further with the charity. In addition to the significant funds and awareness raised through the Varsity Series a number of students have also chosen to volunteer with 1625ip, helping to raise funds and deliver projects. One such project, 'Sporting Chance' works with University of Bristol students to deliver football coaching sessions, fostering integration and learning on both sides. Following on from its initial success, it is hoped that this project will now be rolled out to UWE students in the near future.

Chief Executive of 1625ip, Dom Wood said:
"We are very honoured to have been chosen as Varsity headline charity for a second year and are looking forward to building on the amazing support already shown by students at both universities. With current pressures on public funding, this kind of community support is ever more valuable for ensuring we can continue to provide the breadth of specialist services that we do. 
For many students going to university will be their first experience of living away from home with all the challenges that can bring, particularly without family support. This is a really positive example of young people empathising and getting involved to raise funds and awareness for their peers who might need a little support getting back on their feet, and a chance for us to promote the services we have available to those that may need them.” 

Bristol Students’ Union Sport and Student Development Officer, Stephanie Harris said: 
"Bristol SU is delighted that the Varsity series was able to support 1625ip last year and even more delighted that it will continue to do so this year. They are a fantastic Bristol-based charity who support people of a similar age to those competing in the Varsity series and make a real, positive impact to those people’s lives."

The Students’ Union at UWE Vice President Sports and Health, Adam Brittain said:
"The Students' Union at UWE are extremely happy that the Varsity series was able to raise a fantastic amount of money for such a brilliant charity. 1625ip provide invaluable support for so many young people in the Bristol area. It’s also very pleasing to know that we are once again working with the charity through this year’s series."

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