Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the Student Sports Awards dinner in the Octagon Centre. The reason for being there was that for the first time, The John Hawley Cup was presented to the best sports club. John was Deputy Director of the department until he sadly died 18 months ago. He was a great sportsman, playing Rugby League, and a great supporter of the University. He left a sum of money to the University, which is being used to support student and community sport by developing a new sports pitch, which will also have a memorial garden. Last night his family made a very moving speech about him, and presented a very over the top trophy (John would have loved that) to the Equestrian Club for being Club of the Year.
It was a brilliant night - great to be surrounded by lots of very noisy and enthusiastic students reminding us of why we're here!