Grecian Sheild

Winning football team - Russia

International sport celebrated

On Sunday 6th March, 420 University of Exeter students took part in a 6-a-side football tournament supported by Exeter City FC at the University’s Sports Park.

The inaugural ‘Grecian Shield’ competition marked the culmination of the University’s ‘International Sport Week’ which saw Exeter’s International Student population being encouraged to take part in a variety of sports over a week.
The football tournament was eventually won by a team representing Russia, after a thrilling final which was played at a very high level and was eventually decided by a penalty shootout. The winners received VIP hospitality tickets to an Exeter City match, courtesy of Exeter City FC who kindly sponsored the event. The runner’s up, Costa Rica, won tickets to a game at St James’s Park.
As well as football, students took part in table-tennis, badminton, in sessions run by the student-led clubs and squash, in a beginner’s racketball session delivered by England Squash & Racquetball.
The entire International Sports Week was aimed at integrating international students with their domestic counterparts and through sport. Athletic Union President Josh Belsher was delighted with the friendly competition that took place between students throughout the week, “It’s great to see so many students coming together to play recreational sport. At Exeter we are proud to have one of the very highest sporting participation rates of any UK University and the success of events such as these is testament to our fantastic students. A big thank-you must go to the University's International Office and Exeter City FC for supporting the week's events. We have a very diverse student population at Exeter and it's great to see everyone coming together through sport”.

Date: 10 March 2011