Seven University of Manchester students have been chosen to represent their country at this year’s Home Nations Finals.
The university tournament, will be hosted in Edinburgh from 10 to 13 April. The competition will feature three sports; hockey, football and rugby sevens.
All students selected were from mixed faculties ranging from Politics and Modern History student to Biomedical Science and Dentistry.
Following the announcement, the selected players were thrilled at the news; acknowledging the opportunity as one they will never forget.
The national call-ups are a unique opportunity for the students to gain experience of international sports representation.
All athletes went through rigorous trials in February, both at regional and national level in Manchester, Leeds and Hartpury.
The University of Manchester students who have made it, make up almost 10% of the entire squad – the second highest of any university represented in the competition.
This year’s tournament will be the first of its kind after an 8-year break. Upon its return, the English team will be looking to make their mark. Their team is made up of up to 36 hockey players, 32 football players and 24 rugby players.
James Plowright, the national team manager said the tournament proves “their sporting ability and commitment” to “excel in their respective sport”.
The Home Nations Event is run by the English Universities Programme.