European City Of sport

European City of Sport will bring together the best of what the city is already doing to support and celebrate sport with additional events or campaigns especially for 2017.

Across Bristol there are a wide array of groups and organisations involved in delivering sports to local people and communities, and the aim is for everyone to work together throughout the year to highlight opportunities for everyone to get involved.

The European City of Sport title is awarded by ACES Europe, a not-for-profit group based in Brussels who promote sport across Europe.

Cities are judged on their sporting facilities, residents' level of participation, the success of local teams and sporting events.

Bristol is one of several European cities to be awarded the title, which is announced annually.

A list of sport and activity clubs from every ward in the city can be found here www.bristol.gov.uk/cityofsport2017

Transport options

There are a variety of transport options, including cycle and bus routes, to take you to and from each event (Ashton Gate, Coombe Dingle, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) and the City Centre). For more information please visit the TravelWest Journey Planner.   

There are also rail links to Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Parkway (close to SGS) from Bristol Temple Meads, Clifton Down, Redland and Montpelier train stations that run at regular intervals. For more information please visit www.thetrainline.com or GWR Journey Planner



We are proud to announce that Varsity is being supported by the following organisations: 



“Bristol has a high level of illnesses related to eating too much sugar, so the council is taking action and has teamed up with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to help Bristol become a Sugar Smart City. Running for at least the next two years, the work in Bristol will be engaging people across many different sectors and parts of the city – helping people to recognise where sugar is hidden in the food we all eat.

“Sugar Smart Bristol is thrilled that University of the West of England, The Students’ Union at UWE, Bristol University and Bristol Students’ Union have joined the journey through the Varisty Series. Alongside a healthy diet, sport is a key element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the Varsity Series gives us a new way to communicate with the decision makers of the future during Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport. (Fi Argent, Ambassador, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and SugarSmart Bristol)




"Ashfords LLP is a leading national provider of legal and professional services. We are committed to the communities in which we operate and our corporate social responsibility programme sponsors a wide range of local events and initiatives each year. The Bristol Varsity Series provides sporting activity for students, staff and Bristol’s community in the name of fun, rivalry and friendship. We are proud to be sponsoring the Series most prestigious event, the historic Boat Race held at Bristol’s Harbourside. As well as supporting both University’s UK top 10 Boat Clubs to showcase their talents on the water, we are delighted to advocate the re-introduction of ‘Best of West’ where local clubs and regional universities compete for the title.” (Peter Barton, Partner at Ashfords LLP)






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