- Sporting colours
Sporting colours, more often known merely as "colours" or "house-colours", are awarded to members of a university or school who have excelled in a sport. Colours are traditionally worn in or on scarves, ties, blazers, gowns, cuff-links, and other items of apparel. The award system gives rise to phrases such as "an Oxford Blue", meaning a person who was awarded a Blue by the
University of Oxford.
In some award schemes, it is possible to receive a half colour, such as a Half-Blue. Typically, a given institution will award a single colour; for example, Cambridge and Oxford awards are different shades of blue, and the
University of Londonawards a Purple.
American universities tend to award a
varsity letterrather than a colour.
The system is common in the majority of British Independent schools. Often blazers are given to denote pupils who have achieved in a sport. The blazers are usually distinct from the standard school blazer. Ties are also used as a common way of displaying representative "colours".
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