Team South West with the Wilkinson Sword after winning the AoC Championships title.

Team South West with the Wilkinson Sword after winning the AoC Championships title.

The AoC Sport National Championships were concluded on Sunday as the South West retained the Wilkinson Sword by winning the title for the second year in succession.

The three day event took place in the North East for the first time after previously being held in Bath.

The event accommodated almost 1800 college students from across England, Wales and Scotland, who took part in a competition which is now in its 38th year.

The format of the event sees 11 regions from across the UK compete against each other in a range of 15 different sports involving 7-a-side football, tennis, swimming, hockey, golf and for the first time cricket.

Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Silksworth Tennis Centre and the Close House Golf Club in Newcastle, were just some of the venues which were used to accommodate the event’s North East debut.

After Sunday’s closing ceremony on Sunday AoC Sport’s Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said: “The AoC Sport National Championships has been an unqualified success this year.

“Thanks to the hard work and support of delivery partners Tyne & Wear Sport, Northumbria University, Nirvana Europe and NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the quality of the event has increased significantly, as demonstrated by the feedback from students.

“Great sport, great facilities and great entertainment in a great city.”

The South West narrowly retained their title after finishing just 30 points ahead of the South East who finished second, while the West Midlands took third.

South West’s team captain, Vicky Prouse, from Exeter College claimed silver in the badminton mixed doubles.

She said after the event: “Retaining the Wilkinson Sword was an incredible achievement for the South West. It was great to be one of the student captains who could collect the sword on behalf of all the amazing South West students who competed so well.

“Winning my own silver medal was also a great personal achievement with many amazing memories made in Newcastle that I will keep with me for a very long time.

“I am so proud to get to captain such an amazing region in my last year at the AoC Sport National Championships.”