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Universities set to battle it out in new VarsiTAY challenge

19 March 2014

The Universities of Abertay, Dundee and St Andrews, have joined forces with a vision of creating a tri-varsity style challenge.

The challenge - dubbed VarsiTAY - will see sports teams from each university compete in a series of local derbies against each other.

University of St Andrews Sports Development Manager Gary Brankin said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity to renew the friendly rivalry between all three universities on the pitch. In recent years St Andrews have taken on teams from RAF Leuchars in a varsity challenge but, with that due to a come to an end, this exciting opportunity has arisen. The VarsiTAY will allow us to continue with an annual varsity competition but with more of our teams and more of our students able to compete."

With an initial list of 20 sports being drawn up, the VarsiTAY could become the biggest varsity event between universities in Scotland with the potential to have over 1000 people participating.

Abertay University Sports Development Officer Ali Bell said:

"Varsity is already one of the major highlights in the student sport calendar for Abertay students and, by creating a tri varsity challenge, the event will be bigger, better and will engage more students. Myself and the Abertay students are really excited at this prospect and are looking forward to the event next year."

The VarsiTAY is scheduled to take place over three days in March 2015 with all three universities hosting a day's competition, culminating in a trophy presentation and social event.

Dundee Sports Union President Grant Murdoch said:

"We at Dundee are excited for the new Tri-VarsiTAY and look forward to 2015 immensely."

Iain Stewart, Scottish Student Sport's Tayside & Fife Coordinator, is upbeat about the new event:

"This event will be a fantastic addition to the national student sport scene with three institutions who are passionate about their sport. The students who play in this event will be part of something very special. I hope the sporting community of Dundee and north east Fife will get behind this event and come out and support some top-level competition in what is undoubtedly going to be a highlight in the sporting calendar locally."

Plans for this exciting new competition are well underway with staff from all three universities working hard to turn this vision into a reality, ensuring that students from all three universities have the opportunity to battle it out against their nearest rivals for the title of VarsiTAY champions.


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