About the Christie Championships

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?

Christie Cup Winners

1989 - Manchester

1990 - Manchester

1991 - Liverpool

1992 - Manchester

1993 - Leeds

1994 - Leeds

1995 - Leeds

1996 - Leeds

1997 - Leeds

1998 - Leeds

1999 - Leeds

2000 - Leeds

2001 - Manchester

2002 - Leeds

2003 - Manchester

2004 - Manchester

2005 - Manchester

2006 - Manchester

2007 - Manchester

2008 - Manchester

2009 - Manchester

2010 - Manchester

2011 - Leeds

2012 - Manchester

2013 - Manchester

2014 - Leeds

2015 - Manchester

2016 - Manchester

2016 - Manchester

2017 - Manchester

2018 - Liverpool

Aldi Sponsors the Christie Championships

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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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2018 Christie Charity

This year the Christie Championships is delighted to be supporting the charity Stonewall.

Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain. We believe we’re stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain – in some of our greatest institutions – so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves. But our work is not finished yet. Not until everyone feels free to be who they are, wherever they are.

We would invite all our teams to wear their rainbow laces on the day to show their support for this fantastic cause. We will also have facepaints available at our information points so please donate to get your team colours on your faces: green, blue, purple. Help us make Christie colourful.

Find out more about the chairty at www.stonewall.org.uk/

Core Values & Christie Championship Code of Conduct
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