Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Northumbria's Volleying for a Top - 10 Placing; University's Breakout Year Pays off with League Showing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Northumbria's Volleying for a Top - 10 Placing; University's Breakout Year Pays off with League Showing

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NORTHUMBRIA has reinforced its reputation as one of Britain's best sporting institutions after a breakout year in university sport.

The fastest climbers inside the BUCS top 20 enjoyed success across a range of sports, from skiing to volleyball and squash to table tennis.

Northumbria climbed three places to 15th, with the university moving closer to its long-term top 10 target.

Head of sport Colin Stromsoy said: "When I took over this role, one of my ambitions was to support students at every level in making progress in BUCS competition.

"I want young people leaving school to look at Northumbria University and see an exciting sporting future.

"Student sport is a vital part of university life and only this month a study proved that young people who play sport at university have a better chance of earning bigger salaries.

"Our rise up the BUCS rankings fully justifies making a significant investment in our sport support structure along with creating a more performance-focused culture amongst the student athletes.

"We are extremely fortunate to have world-class facilities and now we are filling them with performances to match."

Northumbria are the biggest improvers within last year's top 20 with only Nottingham Trent making a similar move from 21st to 17th.

The final weeks of the season were nail-biting, with the difference at one stage between 13th and 17th positions just 50 points.

Northumbria's three cricket teams and two Rugby Sevens teams were the only teams capable of bettering the university's position in a tense finale to the 2012-13 campaign.

A higher-than-expected 96 points were scored by these teams, but Northumbria fell two places at the death - Bristol and Leeds sneaking ahead via valuable equestrian points.

The improvement has come about due to the continued high performance from first teams, backed up by the development of lower teams and individual successes. …

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