SHEFFIELD will host the United Kingdom’s largest multi-sport event next year when the BUCS Gatorade Nationals takes place in February.
BUCS - British Universities and Colleges Sport - will see around 6,000 student athletes compete across 12 sports at 10 venues in the city.
The event was launched yesterday at Ponds Forge by Olympic medallists Joanne Jackson, who won a bronze in the 400 metre freestyle in Beijing and Iwan Thomas a 4x400m silver on the track at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
This year BUCS has split its individual events from its team competition finals. Sheffield will host the individual sports while Leeds will have a teams finals day in March.
The competition standards are high. Several members of Team GB at this summer’s Olympics took part in the BUCS Championships in Sheffield last year.
See more about BUCS Nationals in Friday’s Grassroots.