16 Jun 2015
Leicester Riders and Loughborough University partnership to continue
Leicester Riders and Loughborough University have extended their partnership into a fifth year, with the confirmation that all Riders home fixtures in the first half of the 2015/16 season will be played at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, prior to the opening of Rider’s new Arena at Charter Street, Leicester.
The new arena is expected to be ready by the end of December 2015, and this means Rider’s home fixtures in the first 4 months of next season will continue at Loughborough University, before switching to the new venue early in 2016.
Jo Emmett, Strategic Manager for Loughborough Sport at Loughborough University said:
“We are delighted to extend these arrangements for the Riders, to give certainty and continuity as they make the transition to their new home. The partnership with the Riders adds greatly to the student experience here at the University, and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the Riders long into the future.
“We have seen the relationship grow over the past five years and look forward to continuing the student-athlete development partnership. Our BUCS results have improved in both the men’s and women’s games, and the player pathway from University to professional team is clear for all to see.”
Loughborough Student Women won the BUCS championship this season for the second time in three years, whilst the men had an outstanding season, finishing second with a seven and three record in the Premier North division.
Rider’s Managing Director Russell Levenston added:
“We cannot thank the University enough for the tremendous support they have provided to the Club, and the way their focus on excellence has helped raise standards throughout our men’s and women’s programmes.
“This renewed commitment of time at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall for our games in the first half of the season now allows us to finalize arrangements for season ticket holders next season, and enables us to get on with our detailed planning for next season, and the transition to our new home at Charter Street.”