Leicester City Football Club
DMU enjoys a partnership with Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) that has already resulted in a number of exciting initiatives between DMU and LCFC ahead of the new 2014/15 Barclay’s Premier League Season.
DMU and Leicester City recently signed a letter of cooperation that will see the club and university explore new ways of working together, such as looking to offer internships at the club to DMU students as part of the pioneering new Graduate Champions Scheme. Thanks to this the DMU Men’s and Women’s Varsity football teams were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the King Power Stadium as part of their annual Varsity preparations. The tour included opportunities to meet City legends such as Alan Birchenall, Alan Young and Ian Marshall, who offered their own bits of advice on winning tonight’s crucial game.
DMU’s world-renowned International Centre for Sports History and Culture has boosted work to make information about the club’s heritage more fully available to fans and the wider public. The centre will continue to develop content for the Leicester City website and match day programme. The club was formed in 1884 as Leicester Fosse, in the garden of a house on Fosse Road – which is part of the area covered by DMU’s Square Mile project| – and work is underway to place a commemorative blue plaque on this building.
DMU is working towards being a truly international institution and Leicester City’s Thai connections, including King Power, will help strengthen the university’s links with Thailand. Leicester City’s Thai owner attended a special event at the university to celebrate the King of Thailand’s birthday – a major festival in the country – with Thai DMU students. Staff at the university’s Centre for English Language Learning arranged English lessons for a new Leicester City player who had moved to the club from Japan.