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26 September 2012 | PR 12/171
Manchester United Academy to play at University
One of the biggest names in sport will be visiting the campus to play a fixture at the new Loughborough University Stadium.
A ‘Manchester United Academy XI’ will take on Loughborough Students Football on Wednesday 10th October. The Academy is renowned for bringing through some of United’s finest ever players including the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
It will be the second time that the students have hosted a fixture against a Premier League club, following the visit of the Tottenham Hotspur under 18’s squad earlier this year.
The match kicks off at 6.30pm and tickets are available in advance from the reception at the Loughborough Students Union building and online at:
Ticket prices for the standing terraced areas are £11 adults and £5.50 concessions for current students, over 65’s and under 16’s.
There will also be a limited number of seats available in the grandstand at a cost of £16.50, or £11 for members of the Loughborough Sporting Club. These tickets are only available online.
Speaking about the fixture, Stuart McLaren, Head Coach of Loughborough Students Football said:
“Everybody at the club is really excited. The fantastic facilities we have on campus and the quality of football we play is attracting the very best football institutions to come here.
“To attract Spurs here in the first place was terrific. On the back of this fixture to have a club like Manchester United interested in coming here, to play us and to provide a positive experience for their academy players, is superb.
“For the players it is so pleasing that we can provide such fixtures as part of their student experience at Loughborough. We will enjoy the occasion but also ensure we give a good account of ourselves.”
As well as being one of the biggest fixtures in the club’s history, the match will also be the occasion for the unveiling of the Mike ‘Doc’ Holliday boardroom at the Loughborough University Stadium.
As the long-time football head coach at Loughborough Mike was also a mentor for a number of Loughborough graduates who have progressed in the sport, such as Paul McGuinness who will be in attendance to manage the Manchester United Academy XI.
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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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England 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.