Press Release

18 May 2011

Two prestigious sporting events that took place over the weekend resulted in victory for sports teams at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Friday evening saw the Christ Church men’s cricket team win the inter-universities match against University of Kent. The match was hosted by the Kent Cricket Club and was the first ever match under the new floodlights at the St Lawrence Ground in Old Dover Road.

The victorious men’s team featured star players Linden Lockhart, who has played second eleven cricket for Middlesex, Essex and Kent, and Captain James Alder, who currently plays Premier League cricket for Ipswich Cricket Club.

Dr Andrew Balsdon, Director of Sport at the University, added: “The varsity cricket 20/20 was an excellent event enjoyed by everyone who attended. Well done to the ladies team who worked very hard and gained a great deal of experience on the evening, and congratulations to the men's team who produced an excellent performance to achieve a fine victory over Kent University. 

“Developing sporting events with key partners in the community is vital to providing the best student experience and the evening was without doubt a huge triumph. Thanks to all who made the event successful including the teams, student and staff supporters, the sponsors and Kent Cricket." 

The victorious 'Universities at Medway' students team
The victorious 'Universities at Medway' students team

The following day, on Saturday 14 May, students, staff, members of the public and local dignitaries, including the local MP and Mayor of Medway, gathered on the Esplanade in Rochester to watch the annual 'Universities at Medway' boat race.

Both women's and men's rowing teams tackled a course of approximately 2.6 kilometres, between Cuxton and Rochester.

In the women's race, a select 'Universities at Medway' students team competed against a team entered by the Medway Towns Rowing club, with the students ending the race victorious.

In the men's race, the Canterbury Christ Church University Men’s team took the Silver medal, a  wonderful achievement for a team that had only been able to train together on a couple of occasions.

Peter Milburn, Director of the Medway Campus commented: "Canterbury Christ Church University at Medway were proud participants and sponsors of this year's ‘Universities at Medway' rowing race. It is a wonderful event for both the Medway Towns and the Universities, each year attracting a bigger and bigger crowd, helping to establish it as an enjoyable day for everyone in the local area.

"We were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Medway to the event this year, and hope that many more local residents will support the students in their endeavours in the years to come, helping to establish the race as a truly unmissable, annual event, which can showcase Medway to the rest of the region and further afield."


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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