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Association of Colleges Sport

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to encourage and enable students (aged 16-19) and colleges within the further education sector to develop their potential by providing high quality sporting opportunities and services. The AoC has a robust competition programme at a local, regional and national level in more than 15 different sports.

The AoC runs national representative squads and teams in many sports and take part in international events and competitions. Many of their former competitors have gone on to play full national representative sport - but they also cater for those who simply want to take part and enjoy some activity.

Over 270 colleges across England, Scotland and Wales are affiliated to the AoC, under a regional structure, making them the leading body for sport and active recreation in the country for students aged between 16 and 19 years.

Read more about the different competitions they run below.

East Midlands Region Individual Competitions

Nottingham College enters students into all the East Midland Region Competitions, these include:

Badminton, Cricket, Football, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, X Country.

If you want to represent Nottingham College in any of these sports then please get in touch, using the details below.

National Championships

The National Championships take place once a year in April and are one of biggest annual multi-sport events in the UK. Each year more than 2500 students and staff from all over the UK meet up for sporting competition in 15 different sports. The introduction of teams from Scotland and a football tournament for students with learning difficulties have added to the event which reaches across all areas of college life.

To qualify for the National Championships and a chance to represent not only Central but the East Midlands Region, you must first enter and win the East Midlands Individual Competitions.

National Teams

Players are selected from a structured trial system that starts initially with phase one regional trials in October, progressing through to a phase two competition in November and through to a phase three national team selection camp in December where squads are finalised.

If you feel you have what it takes to be part of a AoC National squad then please contact Abbi Bladon by email at or by telephone on 0115 912 5502 ext 3592.

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