25th June 2008 – for immediate release
With the team’s average age nearing to 50 years old, who would have thought that eleven men from Aston University would have competed in a football World Cup in Zurich…let alone come back with a trophy!
Representing ‘Great Britain’, Aston University workers and friends faced stiff competition from Universities across the globe for the title of ‘champions’ in the ‘Universities Masters’ World Cup Tournament’.
The popular football competition, (exclusive to University staff, students, and alumni all over the age of 45), attracted entrants from as far as the United States of America, Canada, Turkey and Greece.
The Aston University team recently returned from this two day tournament, triumphant -having been awarded the ‘Group B’ trophy for being top of their group. The tournament was held at the same time as the Euro 2008 Football Cup.
Psychology Lecturer and Team Captain, Peter Reddy, thrilled with the result, said: ‘We had an amazing time in Switzerland and are all really proud that we came top of our league and won the Group B trophy. We have a great bunch of talented players on our side, all with their own specialist skill set.
‘Our team is made up of seven staff members from across the University, together with a few friends who were the right age and were willing to give it a go. We have the best goalie in the University, a solid defense, and players that are very fit and good in the air’.
‘We played against some fantastic teams – particularly Canada who went into Group A after the initial stages of the competition.’
As if one football frenzied weekend wasn’t enough for the boys, Peter and the team are eager for more and have announced that:
‘It was confirmed that we have been successful in obtaining the bid to host the competition in two years time on Aston’s new playing fields!’
However, it was not all play for the Aston boys as the ‘Universities Masters’ World Cup Tournament’, as they also participated in a conference entitled ‘International Symposium on Football Communities: Local and Global Contexts’. The conference included presentations from international scholars including a lecture on the physiology of exercise in older participants, the origins of ‘kickball’ in China in 300BC and corruption in world sport. Aston produced a poster campaign detailing the history of the local area, famous ‘Brummies’, the local soccer teams and details of team players.
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Photography by Lucas North