Frank Morton Sports Day
The Frank Morton Sports Day (abbreviated to FM) is an annual sporting competition between the students of chemical engineering departments from UK and Irish universities. The event is held on one of the campuses of one of the competing universities, normally in the second week of February, when there is less academic pressure on students. In 2009, for the first time, the event was held in Singapore as well as the UK.
The event is named after Frank Morton, a prominent professor of Chemical Engineering, who taught at Birmingham University until 1956, when he switched to teaching at UMIST (now University of Manchester). His love for sport and connections at both universities led him to organise the first of these sports days. The competition began in 1961 as a football match between the two departments, but by the 1980s, the event had grown to include many more universities and sports. In 2013, 24 Universities competed in 15 events,
|7||Imperial College London||2013|
|1||University of Strathclyde||2014|
|1||University of Bath||2000|
The modern version of the sports day shows significant development from the original concept, though the ideals of friendly competition and rivalry remain. The day can begin for many students as early as midnight the night before, when they travel from their university to where the competition is held; some universities even opting to stay the night before in a host city hostel.
An opening ceremony at around 9am sees all students register, collect bags full of sponsor goodies and visit an organised careers fair. Sports competitions are held throughout the day, typically from around 10am to 4pm, with participants often travelling by bus to the sporting venue. Tournaments of a less athletic nature also run in this time frame, such as pool or bowling, but teams' performances in them still count towards the final points total for the universities.
After the conclusion of the sporting events all participants return to a single venue for the awards ceremony where the overall winner is revealed. After the ceremony, the universities are let loose around the city to find food and then take part in a traditional pub crawl. The event ends at a large nightclub which has to hold over 2000 students.
Frank Morton Strathclyde 2014
The event was hosted for the first time in Scotland by Strathclyde University in Glasgow on 11 February 2014. Strathclyde was announced as the host in March 2013 after winning the bidding process against Birmingham University.
Over 2000 chemical engineering students from 22 UK and Irish universities attended attracting sponsorship from several companies. The event was based at Braehead Arena where opening speeches were heard before students and teams from 11 companies competed in 13 different sports at venues across Glasgow. Some notable venues included Scotstoun Leisure Centre, home of the Glasgow Warriors rugby team, and the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, the hockey venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A closing ceremony was hosted by comedian Ray Bradshaw, and involved a performance by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Strathclyde were announced as the overall winners of the competition, beating Birmingham University by one point.
The night consisted of a split group bar crawl through Glasgow, involving 11 different bars. Arta, in Glasgow's Merchant City, was the final venue of the day.
Frank Morton Newcastle 2013
The event was hosted by Newcastle University on Tuesday 12 February and saw the scale of the event increase dramatically. The event took place in the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, and was the first time the event has ever been held in a commercial venue. Over 2000 chemical engineering students from 24 UK and Irish universities participated in 15 different tournaments across the city.
The day featured the voice of Big Brother UK, Marcus Bentley, and the awards ceremony was hosted by Chris Ramsey. The ceremonies featured pyrotechnics and a Heineken Perfect Pour bar. The night saw the biggest ever Frank Morton club crawl ever attempted starting at The Gate Newcastle for food with 6 clubs on the route ending at Newcastle University Students Union.
With 22 organisations financially supporting the event, £60000 was raised. The event was partnered with ABB with sponsorship from GSK, Royal Navy, Phillips 66, Exxon Mobil and support from Bechtel, Johnson Matthey, Croda, KBR, Davy Process Technology, Gradcracker, Valero and Ineos.
In 2012, the event took place at Swansea University, 21 February 2012 and included a number of new events such as Laser Tag and Bowling. The 2012 event was won by Birmingham
In 2011, the event took place on 22 February at the University of Nottingham and was won by the University of Birmingham.
In 2010, the event was hosted, and won, by the University of Birmingham on 18 February. It involved 1547 students from 20 universities. The Asia-Pacific Frank Morton Sports Day in October 2010 was hosted by the Universiti Technologi Mara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Event was sponsored by ConocoPhillips, British Sugar, PepsiCo, Exxon Mobil, Croda, Unilever, M W Kellogg, BP and DBD Nuclear.
In 2009, Frank Morton Sports Day was held in Singapore as well as the UK for the first time. In the UK, Newcastle University hosted the event. Overall winners were the University of Manchester, with Strathclyde second and Birmingham Third. The National University of Singapore hosted the Singapore event on 21 February 2009. Overall winners were Universiti Teknologi MARA with University of Nottingham (Malaysia) second and National University of Singapore third.
In 2008 the event took place on 19 February at the University of Leeds. 1300 students from 17 universities and several company teams took part. Imperial College London successfully defended their title as overall winners, with Birmingham University second and Strathclyde University third. The champion company team was that from Bechtel. The event was sponsored by ConocoPhillips, GSK, Royal Dutch Shell, Siemens, British Sugar, Petrofac, Lafarge, CB&I, Jacobs Engineering, Bechtel, SABIC, Exxon Mobil, M W Kellogg, Atkins plc.
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