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10 November 2010 | PR 10/172

International Futsal comes to Loughborough University

England’s Futsal team are to warm up for next year's European Championship qualifiers, with two matches against Andorra at Loughborough University on 12 and 13 November 2010.

The England team will feature current Loughborough student Neil Morgan, who has been selected for the squad. Morgan, who is studying to become a teacher, said:

“I am delighted that I have been selected to play for the England Futsal team. To play in an international for England in front of a home crowd at Loughborough will make the two matches very special occasions for me.”

As well as the two internationals there are also development games taking place, featuring teams from Loughborough.

The fixtures and kick off times over the weekend are:

Friday 12 November
England v Andorra (7.30 PM)
Loughborough University Futsal Club v Sheffield FC Futsal (5.30 PM)

Saturday 13th November

England v Andorra (7.00 PM)
Loughborough Intramural Sport (IMS) Futsal (5.00 PM)
All matches will take place in the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall.

Futsal is a growing sport in the UK, and Loughborough University has led the way in supporting the development of the game:

The Loughborough University men’s club is one of the founder members of the FA Futsal League which began in 2008.  The club also competes in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships.

As well as Neil Morgan former Loughborough students to be capped by the England Futsal team include Michael Lyons, Jack Robinson and Matt Aldred.

The club also has strong links with the Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association.  The link will develop Loughborough as a hub club for Futsal in the county, and start to develop youth and school initiatives.

Tom Curtis Head Coach at Loughborough University Football said:

“Futsal is not only a great game to play, and is has also been beneficial in developing the skills of our players in the club.  We welcome the England team to Loughborough and hope that a large crowd will turn out to watch this exciting and skillful sport.”

Futsal is played between two teams of five players. The players compete indoors on a marked pitch similar to the full size game, but the use of walls or boards is not permitted.

Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football. The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.

Futsal is played for 30 minutes each way with squads of up to 12 players. Unlimited substitutes per team are permitted.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Robert Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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