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6 July 2009 | PR 09/85

Loughborough Students feature in FA Futsal Cup final

Loughborough’s Ben Harvey in action at the BUCS Championships earlier this yearLoughborough’s Ben Harvey in action at the BUCS Championships earlier this year (Nigel Farrow)

Loughborough University’s footballers made club history at the weekend by reaching the final of the national FA Futsal Cup held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

In a closely fought final the students lost out 2-1 to national champions and reigning FA Cup holders Helvecia FC – a team of Brazilians based in London.

Having won the northern regional qualifying tournament two weeks earlier, Loughborough took its place in one of the toughest groups in the competition alongside the eventual winners, home favourites Sheffield and Hallamshire Futsal Club and fellow qualifiers FC Lietva.

The opening day of the FA Futsal Cup finals saw a 5-2 victory over heavily fancied Sheffield followed by a tough 8-0 defeat against the Brazilians Helvecia. Loughborough’s next opponents FC Lietva subsequently withdrew from the competition, giving the students a bye and a second-place finish in the group. As runners up they progressed to the quarter finals where they faced White Bear - last year’s beaten finalists.

The Russians proved to be a every bit as physical as their reputation suggested. A feisty game saw Loughborough come back from a 2-0 deficit to run out 3-2 winners, scoring the winning goal in the last seconds of normal time.

The final day of competition and London United provided the opposition for the euphoric student team in the semis. Another close competitive game against a team made up of Brazilian ex pats
saw the maroons win 3-1, reach to the FA Futsal Cup final for the
first time in the club’s history.

Loughborough were up against group winners and hot favourites Helvecia in a thrilling final that was played out in front of a crowd of over 400 fans on the EIS show pitch. The students rose to the occasion to improve massively on the eight-goal drubbing they received two days earlier, but couldn’t overturn the country’s top team, ending worthy runners up.

Player coach Tom Curtis was delighted to have reached the final.

“A 2-1 defeat in a game which could have gone either way is something that the players, support staff and University can be immensely proud of. Loughborough Futsal is now undoubtedly on the map.”

The full Loughborough squad is as follows:

Mat Aldred
James Aldred
Tom Curtis
Aimen Issa
Joel Rocha
Lawrence Hale
Adam Jones (capt)
Michel Skubala
Ben Havey
Neil Morgan

The FA Futsal Cup finals took place at EIS Sheffield from 3 - 5 July.

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
M: 07825 236 221
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

1. Photo: Loughborough’s Ben Harvey in action at the BUCS Championships earlier this year. Please credit Nigel Farrow

2. 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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