2015 Varsity Series - 1625 Independent People chosen as charity beneficiary

Issue date: 14 January 2015

(L-R) Alyx Murray-Jackman, Tia Psihogios and Roisin Greenup

Student Unions at both UWE Bristol and Bristol University have unanimously chosen local youth homelessness charity 1625 Independent People (1625ip) to benefit from funds raised during the 2015 Varsity Series.

Each year over a thousand students from the universities go head to head over a series of sporting events, organised by the Students' Unions.

The aim is to enable students to compete in their chosen sport against their closest rivals whilst promoting both universities' extra-curricular activities on offer to the city of Bristol, in the name of fun, rivalry and friendship whilst raising money for local charity.

Two decades after its inception, the Varsity Series has its own website and includes over 1,500 athletes, in over 80 teams, participating in over 20 sports from both institutions. It is without question one of the biggest multi-sporting events in the South West.

In the last two years the event has raised nearly £20,000 for local charities and each Student Union.

Chief Executive of 1625ip, Dom Wood said,“I have studied at both great institutions; we have built great relationships with both of them over the years and are really pleased they have chosen to support vulnerable young people around Bristol.

"It's particularly poignant because we support many young students who get into difficulties, especially those living away from home for the first time. So it's a great opportunity for us to promote our services within the Universities. We're really looking forward to the games – but doubt we'll be picking sides this year.”

UWESU Vice President Sports and Health, Roisin Greenup said,“Charity and community are at the very heart of the Varsity Series and we're delighted to be supporting 1625 Independent People through the events and matches this spring. The charity was chosen by students, who were inspired by the work that 1625 Independent People do to support disadvantaged young adults in the local area. We're looking forward to donning our sports kits, dusting off the trophies, and rekindling some friendly rivalry in aid of such a worthwhile cause.”

UBU Sport and Student Development Officer, Alyx Murray-Jackman said,“1625ip is such a brilliant charity to be supporting this year. They are so dedicated to the young people they work with and it's a pleasure to be a part of that. It's great for students to be able to give something back to the city we all get so much out of. We hope local people will come along and watch the events.”

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