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Sporting Colours, more often known merely as colours, house-colours &c., are awards of a colour to a member of a University or School (or sub division of - class, house, faculty, club) who has excelled in a sport. Colours are traditionally worn in or on scarves, ties, blazers, gowns or other items of apparel such as cuff-links or badges. The award system gives rise to phrases such as an Oxford Blue - a person who was awarded a Blue by the University of Oxford.
In some award schemes, it is possible to be awarded a half colour, such as a Half-Blue. Typically a single institution will award only one colour - Oxford awards are Blue - but different institutions will award different colours -Trinity College Dublin's awards are Pink.
American Universities tend to award a Varsity letter rather than a colour.
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