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. Bristol has become a Sugar Smart City and has been 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 once again thrilled that the Varsity Series is providing a platform for Sugar Smart Bristol to engage with Students from both UWE and University of Bristol. Alongside a healthy diet, sport is a key element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and this year we are encouraging all students to fuel their day with a healthy breakfast and to try to cook from scratch when they can.” (Fi Argent, Ambassador, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and SugarSmart Bristol)


“Together through food education and all sorts of initiatives across the city
 we can make Bristol a stronger, healthier, cooler city.” (Jamie Oliver)
“It is great to see Varsity Sports continuing their involvement with our Sugar Smart Bristol campaign.  We want to help support student’s physical and mental wellbeing and having a healthy diet is an excellent way to help them feel great. Fuelling their day with a healthy breakfast will give them more energy throughout the day and help them to reach their personal best.” (Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Public Health)


"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)


"OTR Bristol is hugely grateful to UWE RAG and the University of Bristol RAG for choosing us as the Varsity Series 2017/18 partner! We work across Bristol and South Glos to support young people's mental health, and we know how important it is for university students to look after their wellbeing. To be supported in return is fantastic, and we can't wait to see all the exciting events over the coming weeks. Donations that come to OTR go directly to our work with the 3,000+ young people we support each year - whether that's through our talking therapies, creative work, LGBTQ+ support networks or outreach work in local schools, colleges and universities. A big thanks to the RAG committees for choosing OTR - if you'd like to read more about our work in the meantime, please visit otrbristol.org.uk and follow us on social media!" (Liam McKinnon, Marketing, Communications & Digital Manager at Off the Record)



"The Go Faster Food team is absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Varsity Series to help the students and residents of Bristol take positive steps towards a more active and healthy life. We are a Bristol-based company on a mission to inspire and help people fuel active lifestyles with relevant knowledge about what, when and how to eat to perform and feel better, both mentally and physically. We do this through our books and education programmes and with our delicious food products. This partnership is extra-special for us, as it is at Bristol University's centre for Sport, Exercise & Health where Go Faster Food founder, Kate Percy, launched her first recipe book for athletes, Go Faster Food, way back in 2009. We're excited to be linking up once again by providing participants with nutritional guidance and fuelling them with our all-natural energy balls, Kate Percy's Go Bites." (Kate Percy, Founder of Go Faster Food Ltd)



Young and foodish logo

Young & Foodish are offering a free tea, coffee or smoothie to all competitors on the production of a 10k medal.

Two Universities, One City