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22 March 2011 | PR 11/33

University football coach appointed World Cup manager


Photography by Nigel Farrow

Tom Curtis, Head Football Coach at Loughborough University, is set to take up international duties as Technical Director and Head Coach of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association.

Tom faces the challenge of lifting the islands’ international ranking as it embarks on World Cup qualifying and participation in the Caribbean Cup.

Although Antigua and Barbuda is small by international standards, it is currently ranked 101st in the world, they are highly ambitious and have recruited Tom to lift the islands to the next level.

In addition to his international duties Tom will also be responsible for the islands’ professional side, Antigua Barracudas, which will competing for the first time this year in the American professional leagues. The first fixture will be on 17 April against Los Angeles Blues.

Tom, aged 38, leaves Loughborough University having guided the football team to the British University Cup and League double twice in the last three years.

A Loughborough University Sports Science graduate and UEFA qualified coach, with over 500 professional league and cup appearances, Tom has also led English Universities to home international success, as well as working recently with the Nottingham Forest Academy.

Tom said “I have had a great time with Loughborough University and my team and I have enjoyed a lot of success during my time here. It is a wrench to go but I leave the club in good hands with strong prospects for continuing achievement.

“However, the chance to lead and shape the football future in an ambitious country like Antigua and Barbuda is a once in a lifetime exciting opportunity and a professional challenge which it is impossible to pass up.”

Chris Earle, Director of Sport at Loughborough University said:

“Tom has done a fantastic job for us at Loughborough and we are proud that his coaching skills and expertise have now been recognised at international level. We wish him all the best and are confident that he will have a really positive impact on the Antiguan team.”

Tom will leave Loughborough in March and fly directly to Antigua to take up the two year contract.


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

Notes for editors:

  1. Tom Curtis joined Derby County when he left Ilkeston School after taking his A levels at 18 but when he was released two years later he took up his offer of entry to Loughborough University where he studied for his degree.

    During his time at Loughborough he played regularly in the midfield for Chesterfield and memorably scored the goal that knocked Nottingham Forest out of the cup before progressing to the FA Cup semi-final.

    After a full time professional football career with almost 500 appearances and which included Chesterfield, Portsmouth, Mansfield (captain/coach) and Chester (captain/coach), Tom joined Loughborough University as its Head Coach in 2007.

    As well as successes in university football, Tom has established Loughborough University in the Midland Combination and secured promotion to the Midland Alliance, making it the most successful all round university football team in the country.

    In addition to an honours Sports Science degree Tom possess the UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ licenses as well as FA fitness and Academy Director qualifications.

  2. 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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