NEWCASTLE has embraced the return of one of the region's largest sporting events for the first time since 2003.
The University of Newcastle will this year have the privilege of hosting the Eastern University Games.
The event will be held from July 6 to 10 and is expected to attract about 2800 athletes from NSW and the ACT.
Athletes will compete in a range of sports, from squash to tennis to football. Some will be played on university grounds, while others use Newcastle facilities.
At the launch of the 2014 games last week, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events George Souris announced NSW had secured the games for the next three years.
Australian University Sport chief executive officer Don Knapp said this was great news for Newcastle.
"The University of Newcastle has a very strong sport program with a number of scholarship students as well as state and national representatives in their respective sports," Mr Knapp said.
"These regional university sporting events are the perfect example of how sport and education provides student athletes with valuable competition and participation pathways at all levels of sport across Australia."