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25 February 2009 - PR 09/21

Loughborough University teams up with Leicester City Football Club

Group photoLoughborough University and Leicester City Football Club have today initiated a ground-breaking partnership.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed in which both parties will work together in a broad range of research, consultancy, training and other areas of mutual benefit.

The agreement is thought to be the most extensive of its kind between a football club and an academic institution – consistent with the Foxes’ vision of being at the forefront of technology in a cutting edge industry.

Both organisations will draw on each other’s experience with one key area of collaboration being the club’s rapidly expanding Sports Science operation.

Leicester have this season employed the services of highly-qualified Performance Consultant Paul Balsom – the Swedish National team’s assistant coach, Data Analyst Andrew Blake, Power Coach John Cross and Loughborough University Sport and Exercise Science student Matt Reeves. The Sports Science staff work alongside the experienced Physiotherapy team.

City Chief Executive Lee Hoos is delighted to have teamed up with Loughborough University – a University which has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

He said: “In this day and age the technological aids available are a big help on the tactical as well as medical front and Loughborough University’s knowledge will be of great benefit to us.

“Hopefully, with their assistance, our Sports Science operation will continue to progress even further the excellent levels of performance and positive results for the club which have already been achieved.”

Professor Myra Nimmo added: “Loughborough University is delighted with this strategic alliance which will benefit both partners.

“It will ensure that the University’s staff and students are addressing issues relevant and current to football clubs. 

“For Leicester City Football Club it ensures that they have access to the world leading research and knowledge of Loughborough University staff.”

The MoU will initially run for five years.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sports 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 fifteen 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 and 2007 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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