Christie Cup

The Christie Championships 2022

The Christie cup championships this year was the 136th year of the championships after its establishment in 1886. Christie is the second oldest inter-university competition in the UK after the Oxford – Cambridge rivalries.

The Christie Cup sees UoM take on Leeds and Liverpool, this year the event was held at Leeds who after a tough day were crown overall winners. There was some fantastic sport on show we some great results for UoM, all of which can be found here Christie Cup Recap.  



History of the Christie Championships

The annual event is named after benefactor, Richard Copley Christie, who was a professor of History and Political Economy at Owens College from 1854 – 1866.

After his death in 1901, his widow Mary, donated the Christie Cup and Shield which is still played for today.

Back in 1886, the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool were constituent colleges of Victoria University. As the three Universities became separate entities, the rivalry increased and over the years has led to the thrilling, action-packed competition that it is today.

Students compete in over 30 different sports, all rolled into one afternoon of competition at the host institution. As a triangular competition, Christie Championships is truly unique and is recognised nationally as one of the largest sporting varsities with more than 1,500 students taking part.

Tradition dictates that competition for the Cup is fierce and the standard of sport very high. All three universities call upon athletes who have represented their country at national level and students who have been selected in British University representative squads. Every year proves to be an exhilarating fight to the finish!

Who will be crowned the champions this year?

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Colin Breslin, Regional Managing Director at Aldi, commented:

“Aldi is proud to engage with high calibre university students and we are pleased to be sponsoring the Christie Championship.

Team work, leadership and determination are some of the qualities that Aldi looks for in its graduates and so we are looking forward to working closely with the students during the tournament.

We hope to introduce participants to the excellent career opportunities on offer at Aldi and highlight the benefits of our highly sought-after graduate programme, whilst supporting one of the longest running inter-university events.

Aldi would like to wish the best of luck to everyone involved.”

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