As football fever grips the nation, the University will be hosting the 3rd Universities Masters’ World Cup Tournament, for players aged 45 and over.
Rivalling the likes of world-class players such as Ronaldo and Pele, University lecturers will be taking to the pitch as they take part in this year’s tournament from 18 June – 20, coinciding with the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The annual tournament, which began in 2006, is exclusive to University staff, students and alumni, with the Aston University team representing England this year. Matches focus on 6-a-side football and are limited to just over a dozen representative teams from different countries, with USA, Greece and Germany just a handful of the teams that have participated to date.
Not only is Aston University holding the Over 45s World Cup Masters but participants will be presented with unique medals made in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter. Neil Grant from Crescent Silver Goldsmiths said, “We have crafted these medals in the style of those famously won in 1966. The medals will be something for all the players to treasure and will remind them of their visit to the City!”
Tournament games will take place at the Recreation Centre in Great Barr.
Psychology lecturer and Team Captain Peter Reddy, commented, “Football participation tends to drop in the over 30s but we are reversing that in this tournament. This is a brilliant opportunity to bring together staff, friends and former students to enjoy football and build international relationships. As well as having fun and promoting international collaboration, we will also be raising money for the football charity, the Homeless World Cup Foundation.”
The competition aims to research and promote excellence in masters’ football. Additionally, all players will attend a sports science symposium focusing on practice-based researched related to football.
Words by Munira Jasat