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Issued:01/03/08

Sheffield's fine sporting pedigree will receive another boost to its reputation with the arrival of a major new sporting championship that will showcase Olympic stars of the future.

The British University Championships, organised by the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) and running until 16 March, will feature the finals of 20 different sports, with teams and individuals battling it out to be British University Champions 2008.

Sheffield Hallam University will have three teams represented at the Championships - men's volleyball, men's hockey and women's basketball. It also has individuals competing in the swimming and athletics including Zara Hohn, Amy Hill, John Kelley and Debbie Hall - all of whom are part of the University's Elite programme for talented sports people.

Dan Porter, the University's Sport Service Manager, said that the event is an amazing opportunity for the city and its students, "Hosting the BUSA Championships in Sheffield will be great for both Universities and the city. Once again the great facilities which we have here in Sheffield will give us the opportunity to see top class sportsmen and women competing on our doorstep and showcase us a City of Sport.

"Many of the athletes taking part will be the senior internationals and Olympians of the future. It also gives students from both Universities in Sheffield the opportunity to be involved in a major sporting event on home soil, either through competing or volunteering, something which can only enhance their student experience"

As well as all the sporting talent on display, students from both universities will act as volunteers throughout the four day event and Sheffield Hallam will host a party for participants to bring proceedings to a close.

The BUSA championships follow hot on the heels of Varsity, the annual sporting contest between Sheffield's two universities which finished in an unprecedented draw this year.  

Sheffield Hallam is also pleased by recent news that two of its sporting venues, the Graham Solley Sports Development Centre and the Collegiate Campus, have been chosen by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) as possible training camps for 2012 athletes.

In Olympic and European Football Championship year, Sheffield Hallam is keen to use its international reputation within the worlds of sport and active lifestyles, to encourage conversation and debate in the city and beyond. The University offers the largest selection of sports-related courses of any higher education institution in the UK and also boasts two world-renowned research centres - the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and the Sport Industry Research Centre. 

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