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The annual Intercollegiate Sports Day took place on Saturday 18 May and this year’s event was, again, a roaring success, bringing together the osteopathic student community with a key focus on teamwork, collaboration and most importantly, fun for all! 


Held on the stunning grounds of Boxley Campus at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in Kent, the event saw students from osteopathic education institutions across the UK including ESO, British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) , University College of Osteopathy (UCO) and more students than ever before from Swansea University, travel down for a day of relaxed competitive sports and socialising with their peers in the aim to inspire a community for the future osteopaths and to celebrate the profession in its entirety. 


On sponsoring this year’s event, Katie Griffiths, the iO’s Head of Engagement said:  


“As we mark 150 years of the profession, we couldn’t be more delighted to again act as lead sponsor for the 2024 Students Sports Day.  It is great to support an event that brings together the osteopathic student community, to build new networks and friendships across the profession. To see students from so many colleges come together to enjoy this fun day is great to see, and we hope that they made new connections and friendships that they can take on into their osteopathic careers”. 



This year, the event also attracted the sponsorship of the Osteopathic Foundation (oF), the charity, that supports research, education and collaboration in osteopathic practice for the benefit of patient care.  


oF Chair, Simon Fielding, was in attendance to show his support. Speaking of the event he said:    


“The oF was delighted to co-sponsor the Osteopathic student’s sports day hosted at the ESO. Congratulations to all those involved in the organisation of the event, which was great fun, well attended and greatly enjoyed by all. There was real camaraderie amongst the students from different schools but with a healthy completive edge! The oF is committed to supporting students in all aspects of their education, health and wellbeing and I look forward to next year!”. 


Aneira Bowmer, on behalf of the Student Association at ESO said:  


“What a fabulous day! We’re so happy that everyone had a great time. Well done to the ESO for taking the crown, and thank you so much to BCOM, UCO, and Swansea for making the journey to Boxley. It was wonderful to have so many student osteopaths together. We had such a fun time hosting!” 


We extend our well wishes and congratulations to all those who took part this year and to the outstanding Student Association at ESO for putting on such a spectacular event.  


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