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30 April 2012 | PR 12/80

Major sporting fixtures to be held on campus in May

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey

Some of the biggest names in sport will be coming to Loughborough University in May to participate in three major fixtures being held on campus.

First up Loughborough Football will play a Tottenham Hotspur Under 18 team on Friday 4th May 2012.

It is the opening fixture in the brand new Loughborough University Stadium that has been built to create a permanent home for the football club on campus.

The Loughborough team have enjoyed another fine season, finishing in fifth place in the Midland Football Alliance.

Speaking of the event Loughborough Football Head Coach Stuart McLaren said:

“It is a fantastic way to open the stadium against one of the top clubs' in the Premier League. We are grateful to Tottenham for agreeing to bring up an U18 XI for the showpiece event.

“It really is an exciting time for the club and we are expecting the launch of our new stadium to be a special occasion.”

Also in the new stadium, on Wednesday 9th May League Division 2 North Champions Loughborough Students RFC take on the Barbarians, who will be coached by Loughborough University Hall of fame member Andy Robinson

The Barbarians have announced their squad which includes Loughborough graduates Chris Pilgrim and Will Warden alongside a number of international players such as James Arlidge, who played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup for Japan, and Rugby League legend Sean Long who now plays Union at Preston Grasshoppers.

The full squad can be found on the Barbarians website at: http://www.barbarianfc.co.uk/news/517/squad-for-loughborough-announced/

Finally Sunday 20th May sees the return of the annual Loughborough International Athletics meet at the Paula Radcliffe Athletics Stadium.

The event, which is the traditional curtain raiser to the season, will be the first opportunity for athletes to put down performances that will put them in the frame for London 2012 Games selection.

Highlights from last year included the appearance of former World and European Champion Jessica Ennis in two field events and Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis taking on Loughborough based sprinters James Desalou, Craig Pickering and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in the men’s 100 metres.

The event was also attended by current World Champions Dai Greene and Dan Greaves.

Ticket details, subject to availability, for all three events can be found at:

http://lboro.ticketline.co.uk/

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For all media enquiries contact:

Rob 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 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 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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