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14 July 2009 | PR 09/91

Footballing duo net bronze at World University Games

Naomi Bruton

Loughborough goalkeeper Naomi Bruton (Nigel Farrow)

Loughborough footballers Naomi Bruton and Jade Radburn have helped their British team to bronze at the World University Games in Belgrade.

In the third-place play-off the women beat France 4-1 to secure bronze and automatic qualification to the next Games in China in two years’ time, improving on their seventh-place finish in 2007.

Student Bruton, who plays her club football for Wolverhampton Wanderers, was also named goalkeeper of the tournament after a series of top performances that included two penalty saves in the quarter final victory over Brazil. 

The result is the most successful finish for a Great Britain football team since the men’s team won bronze in Sheffield in 1991.

“We are delighted to win a bronze medal and it is testament to how far the players have come over such a short space of time,” said GB head coach Andy Spence. “We were disappointed that we lost on penalties in the semi final, as it would have been nice to play for a gold medal but a third place finish is still a good achievement. 

“The players and staff have all been magnificent and have shown that if you are prepared to be diligent with preparation for games and recovery between and after games you give yourself a good opportunity to be successful. It has been an amazing feeling for us all to be a part of a multi-sports event.”

The men’s team, managed by Loughborough director of football James Ellis, were not so fortunate in their bronze medal play-off, narrowly losing 1-0 to Japan. However, the team had something to celebrate after winning the tournament’s fair play award and also achieving automatic qualification to the next Games in 2011.

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Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
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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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