On Wednesday 16 April, 2008 Edge Hill University will stage the first ever inter-university athletics league meeting. This is a unique event as there are no other league fixtures for university athletics teams, unlike other sports such as football, rugby and hockey.
Previously there has been one national university athletics competition that is held over three days where all universities across the country attend and compete, thus the university athletics ‘season’ is literally a couple of days long.
The event will see a very high standard of competition with approximately 150 athletes and 20 officials on the day, along with spectators. Among these athletes there will be appearances from at least four international athletes including Edge Hill’s Jamie Creighton, the Scottish number one for High Jump and Leeds Metropolitan’s Richard Buck, the UK number one for the 400m.
David Street, Manager of the Edge Hill University Athletics Team said: “It has been in the planning stages for the last three years after numerous meetings with myself and Leeds Metropolitan University, finally I am delighted to say it is up and running. The league will consist of eight university teams, all from the North of England competing in three fixtures, one indoor and two outdoor over the next three months.
“This is the first league in the country for University – based teams and its success this year could lead to national status in future. The event could mark the start of regular weekly meetings and act as the template for regional leagues across the country.
“Currently there is no league structure in the UK for university-based athletics teams like there is for the majority of other sports, only the annual National Championships. So, together with Leeds Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University, we have created the first ever University-based Athletics League. John Moores University, Manchester University and Liverpool University will also be competing.”
The event promises to be an excellent day of athletics and spectators are welcome.