photograph Team Newcastle Countdown to the Calvert Cup

The event will see almost 1100 competitors competing in 22 different sports in more than 60 individual fixtures.  It is one of the biggest and hotly contested university sporting events in the UK.

After a thorough examination of each university’s sporting prowess, the traditional centrepiece matches between the men’s rugby league and rugby union sides kick off at Gateshead International Stadium at 5.00pm and 7.00pm respectively.  For the very first time athletic track and field events will take place before and at half time of the rugby matches with the highlight race being the men’s and women’s 4 x100m relay race at 6.40pm.

Team Newcastle, having won the event for the past two consecutive years, will be looking for an unprecedented 3rd victory in a row. However with Northumbria’s strength and depth in football, golf, netball, basketball and rugby Newcastle will still go in to the event as underdogs. 

With there being 136 points up for grabs sports such as swimming, athletics, cricket, cycling, tennis and squash are likely to have a significant influence on the ultimate destination of the trophy.

Performance Sport Manager,   Fraser Kennedy, said: ‘The intense sporting rivalry that there is between each institution makes this event so special and we are all looking forward to the competition which will see nearly 3000 supporters packed in to Gateshead Stadium.  On the day though it is all down to the athletes themselves, and for many of them the Stan Calvert Cup is the highlight of their sporting career at Newcastle University, providing them with an opportunity to play competitive sport to an extremely high standard’.

Tickets for the final rugby matches and all the other sporting events taking place at Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday 28 February are priced at £4.00, available in advance for the University Sports Centre and the Union Society or at Gateshead Stadium on the day. 

It promises to be a fantastic day of sport, and all students and staff are encouraged to come along and support Team Newcastle.

View the 2010 fixture list here

published on: 18th February 2010