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UCLan emerge victorious from scrum for rugby world cup teams

Brogan Wright

INTERNATIONAL sport will be joining UCLan as the university was this week named as the 2013 Rugby League World Cup official

host training camp. After submitting a strong proposal,

UCLan fought off competition from across the country to provide training fa- cilities for teams taking part in the 14-na- tion tournament in two years time. 2013 Rugby League World Cup Tour-

nament Director Nigel Wood said: “I would like to congratulate UCLan who has been successful in their bid to host teams in what I am confident will be a World Cup that enhances the UK’s gold- en decade of sport.” Wood later added: “In putting together

their bid over the last 12 months, UCLan has demonstrated a level of commitment that gives us confidence that the 2013 Rugby League World Cup will exceed everyone’s expectations.” A total of 34 bids, comprising of 30

stadia, 47 team training sites and 87 team base camps, were submitted to the RFL. Each of the bidding hosts underwent

a detailed inspection from a 2013 team to examine the various sites venue specifica- tions, as well as evaluating the enthusiasm and commitment of each bidding host. The university’s recently renovated Westleigh Conference Centre, Lea, is ad-

Winner: UCLan could host current world champions, New Zealand in 2012

jacent to the pitches and will be available to the teams as an area for relaxation. UCLan Sports Arena (UISA) Devel-

opment Manager Jean Peace said: “We will be proud to welcome any of the competing countries to our Arena and

hope this bid, in partnership with Pres- ton City Council, will generate sufficient momentum to establish a community club in Preston. “It’s a super opportunity to raise the profile of rugby league across the city.”

Over half a million people are expect-

ed to watch the 28 matches during the six week period in autumn 2013, with a fur- ther 20 million viewers from 120 coun- tries watching on TV.

College courses blocked

Adam Legg

VINCE Cable has announced that it has been reported that some universities are blocking the attempts of colleges to offer cheaper degrees to prospective

students. Speaking at the Association of Col-

leges conference in Birmingham, Mr Cable said: “I do get reports that some further education colleges’ attempts to offer their own degree courses are being discouraged, if not outright blocked, by their university partners.” Mr Cable claims that it would be “a

backwards step” if universities were to “claw back” their franchised places com- menting. “FE colleges have a very important

role to play in offering students greater choice and driving efficiency through the sector.”

College leaders who met in Birming-

ham think this is because universities are fearful of being priced out of the mar- ket.

Most further education colleges offer

degrees in partnership with universities, therefore if a university is attempting to block the college from this can cause a lot of problems for the colleges as they do not have degree-awarding powers. If universities do go ahead and block

further education colleges from offering degree courses this could jeopardise the 171,000 students that study their degree courses that need to be validated by uni- versities.

Police appeal for information after woman attacked outside Lava

Recognise them? Police are wanting to speak to the women featured in CCtV images

Chloe Vinden News Editor

LANCASHIRE Police are ap- pealing for information and key witnesses after two teenage party revellers were assaulted in Pres- ton city centre in the early hours

of Sunday 20 November. At around 4:10am a dispute took place

between a group of about five girls out- side popular Preston haunt Lava Ignite nightclub on Church Street in the city centre. A physical fight as a result of the argu-

ment broke out, resulting in one girl re- ceiving a deep laceration to her head after she was hit in the face. The 18-year-old victim fell to the floor

as a result and was then punched and kicked by various members of the group.

She was left unconscious and required medical treatment. The victim’s friend who was present at

the time of the assault also received mi- nor injuries during the fight, and police are asking anyone with any information to come forward. Preston detectives have released foot-

age from CCTV images of three uniden- tified women who they wish to speak with in direct connection to the attack.

Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill

said: “This was a really ugly incident and we need to identify the three women in the CCTV stills so we can progress our investigation.” “I am appealing to the public to con-

tact us if they recognise any of the wom- en in the images; if they were present at the time and witnessed the attack; or if they have any other information that may assist us with our enquiries.

“This appeal obviously extends to the

women themselves to contact us as soon as possible.” If anyone has any information, Pres-

ton police can be contacted via 0845 25 35 45. Independent charity Crimestoppers

can also be anonymously contacted on 0800 555 111 or via their website at

Photo: digiarnie (Flickr)

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