AoC East Midlands colleges do not only play friendly fixtures against other colleges by means of organised festivals or games through the FESCo network, they also play competitive sport through structured leagues and tournaments governed by British Colleges Sport.
British Colleges Sport (BCS) exists to encourage and enable students and colleges within the Further Education sector to develop their potential by providing high quality sporting opportunities and services.
BCS organises regional competitions in over 15 different sports, many of which progress to national competitions. They also aim to encourage and support the work of staff engaged in all aspects of sport and recreation in colleges, and represent their views and needs in national forums.
BCS also run national representative squads and teams in many sports and take part in international events and competitions. Many former BCS competitors have gone on to play full national representative sport, but the competitions also cater for those who simply want to take part and enjoy some activity.
As well as the National Championships held annually in the East Midlands at Loughborough University, national representative teams compete in football, women's hockey and rugby, and national cup competitions in football, women's hockey, rugby and mixed volleyball.
Over 250 colleges across England, Scotland and Wales are affiliated to BCS, under a regional structure, making BCS a major force in sport and active recreation in the country for students aged between 16 and 19 years.
Affiliated AoC East Midlands colleges compete in the BCS East Midlands region. Affiliated colleges include:
- Bilborough College.
- New College Stamford.
- Castle College.
- North Notts College.
- Chesterfield College.
- Regent College.
- Derby College.
- South East Derbyshire College.
- Grantham College.
- Lincoln College.
- South Nottingham College.
- Stephenson College.
- Loughborough College.
- Tresham Institute.
- Newark College.
- West Notts College.
- New College Nottingham.
- Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.
For more information please visit the British Colleges Sport Website: www.britishcollegessport.org