STUDENT footballers from the University of Chichester have been called up to the national team to challenge for a worldwide tournament.

Midfielder Shannon Sievwright and winger Lucy Quinn were selected for Team GB’s women football squad to compete at the World University Games.

The undergraduates have joined a team of 18 players to compete in Chinese Taipei this month.

Perry Northeast is a Sports Development Officer at Chichester and national head coach of women’s football for England Universities.

He said: ‘While at the University, both Lucy and Shannon have had fantastic journeys with regards to their development as footballers.

“We have worked closely with both students in trying to balance academic commitments alongside competing within a high-level sports environment.

“It’s also been great to see their development as people and I’m sure that the attributes gained through University will give them successes in their chosen careers.

“The recent selections for the GB Universities team, which is the pinnacle of University sport, is a fine reward for their hard work and endeavour.”

The World Universities Games, the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics, are held biannually at major cities across the world and this year is held in Chinese Taipei.

The University of Chichester footballers have joined athletes from 13 other UK institutions at a training camp in Hong Kong before their opening game against Russia next week.

The call-up follows on from a successful few weeks for the duo which saw them win the European beach soccer championships with the England ladies national team, under the guidance of Mr Northeast.

Lucy Quinn, a second year Physical Education and Sports Coaching undergraduate, is a footballer for Yeovil Town in the Women’s Super League.

The 23-year-old said she intends to use the experience to gain a place in the England team at the 2019 World Cup in France.

She added: “Women’s football is growing in the UK but slowly, so it is important to play in major tournaments which are recognised internationally.

“This is an opportunity to gain experience so that I can progress and play fulltime with Yeovil Town, that is my intention.”

The University of Chichester has a heritage of supporting women in sport and was recently selected by the English FA to open a high-performance football centre.

The centre will be overseen by the governing body to develop females in the game as players and coaches in top-quality academic facilities.

Shannon Sievwright, a final-year BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching student, plays for Portsmouth Ladies FC.

Having recently completed a UEFA B licence, she was awarded a year-long contract to coach young players in Portsmouth to start after she graduates later this year.

The 22-year-old said: “My dream is to go as far as I can in football as a player but also as a coach.

“In particular, I would love to coach in the national women’s team.”

The World University Games will run from August 19 to 30.

Meanwhile, results of the National Student Survey have once again proved that the University of Chichester is one of the best in the sector for student satisfaction.

Overall satisfaction is 87 per cent, three per cent above the national average, while Chichester is ranked inside the top 40 of all higher education providers in the UK by the Times Higher Education.

It means that for more than a decade its student community has consistently rated the institution between three and six percentage points ahead of the sector.

The University is justifiably proud to have a reputation for excellent teaching that is intellectually stimulating and which takes place in a community of learning.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore said: “The University of Chichester is internationally recognised as a beacon of excellent practice for high quality, student-centred higher education.

“I am therefore very proud of these results, particularly the references to ‘dedicated staff’, ‘excellent teaching’ and ‘a strong sense of community’.

“These characteristics are fundamental to providing an environment that prepares students to succeed academically and thrive in a global economy.”