Leeds students win legendary annual national sports day

University of Leeds students at this year's national Frank Morton sports day.
University of Leeds students at this year's national Frank Morton sports day.
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Chemical engineering students at the University of Leeds will host an annual national sports day at Leeds First Direct Arena.

The university successfully bid to host the Frank Morton Sports Day in February next year, when over 3,000 chemical engineering students are expected to descend on the city.

The event is named after prominent chemical engineering professor, Frank Morton, who founded the competition in 1961.

It has since gained legendary status amount UK and Irish undergraduates and the day now involves contests from football to quidditch.

The University of Leeds team has promised to host ‘more sports than ever before’ in 2018.

The event is organised in conjunction with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Matthew Powders, president of Leeds 2018 bid said: “We’re elated to have won the bid for the Frank Morton Sports Day in 2018. We’re a dedicated team of chemical engineering students and truly passionate about delivering a great event that our students will remember.

“The bid is ambitious, and we’re all determined to deliver the greatest Frank Morton yet – with new sports and fantastic venues it will be celebration why Leeds chemical engineering department is a great place for students.”

IChemE’s director of communications, Andy Furlong said: “The Leeds team submitted an excellent bid, which showed great attention to detail and made the most out of the extensive facilities available to students in the city.”

“It’s a great opportunity, not just for students; but also for companies to exhibit at the recruitment fair and meet some of the brightest and the best chemical engineering students in the UK. IChemE will be joining in the fun once again in 2018, with useful advice for students and lots of free stuff.”