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12 August 2009 | PR 09/106

Footballers make history with FA Cup appearance

Loughborough winning the 2009 BUCS Championship

Loughborough winning the 2009 BUCS Championship

This Saturday (15 August) marks an historic event for Loughborough University’s footballers when the team competes in its first ever FA Cup match. 

The students take on Lincolnshire side Sleaford Town in the extra-preliminary round of the national knockout competition which sees the final played at Wembley Stadium in May.

Loughborough are the only student side competing in this year’s FA Cup, sponsored by E.ON, having proven themselves with two strong seasons in non-league football, gaining promotion to the Midland Football Alliance and becoming the highest playing University team in the country.

With the start of term still six weeks away, students have been travelling from all over the country and from as far afield as Portsmouth and Kent to make training and the start of the league which successfully kicked off last Saturday (8 August) with a 1-0 win over Coventry Sphinx. 

Head coach Tom Curtis hopes his young side will make the most of this weekend’s appearance.

“To play in the FA Cup is an awesome achievement for the club and is what we’ve been aiming for the last three years,” he said.

“Saturday’s an historic day for the club. It will be a difficult game, but to have got to this position in the first place is a significant achievement and I’ve urged the players to enjoy the day as best they can.

“The players have shown fantastic commitment during pre-season, and without their positive attitude and that of our team of dedicated student and local volunteers the club wouldn’t function.”

Loughborough play Sleaford Town away this Saturday, kick off 3pm. 

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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