Painting the campus blue for Leicester City Football Club

Posted by ap507 at Apr 28, 2016 09:55 AM |
University of Leicester staff and students show support for local football heroes for Backing the Blues Day

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 April 2016

Photo/filming opps, Friday 29 April: Activities will take place from 9am in the main campus central car park.

  • 11am: ‘Cardi for Vardy’ photo shoot and Conga line
  • From 10.30am: take overhead images/footage of the Leicester City logo in progress on the University car park.

With Leicester City Football Club just one win away from the Premier League title, the University of Leicester will be turning its campus blue to show support for the local football heroes.

The University is joining organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire in Backing the Blues on Friday 29 April as part of the city’s campaign to celebrate the club’s most successful season.

A giant banner with a message of support for Leicester City will be hung from the University’s Charles Wilson Building. Emblazoned with the message ‘Proud to be backing the blues’ the banner measures 10 x 5.2 metres and will be clearly visible to all travelling along University Road and Mayor’s Walk.

Staff and students will also be taking part in activities ranging from painting the Leicester City Football Club logo across a University car park, a Conga line decked out in blue through campus, to celebratory hot dogs with blue ketchup and a Subbuteo tournament.

With just three games to go, Leicester City stand just three points away from their first ever Premier League title, having already guaranteed second place. Staff and students at Leicester will be showing their support for Leicester City from 9am in the central campus car park on Friday 29 April in the following activities:

  • Wear your Cardi for Vardy Anyone in their Leicester City kit/blue outfits will meet on the Fielding Johnson Building Lawn at 11am with LCFC hats, flags and scarves for a ‘fan’tastic photo shoot followed by a lively Conga dance through campus.
  • Drawing our Support Get artistic and show your support for City. The Leicester City Football Club logo will be recreated on the car park. Whether you’re a budding artist or just want to write a message of support, we will supply the paint. All in aid of the Foxes Foundation.
  • Staff and students from across the University will also be holding events to support the Foxes, which include a Leicester City themed food and cake sale in the Fielding Johnson car park, a Subbuteo tournament and much more.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle said: “Leicester City Football Club stands at the threshold of sporting immortality. 

“Arguably, until recently, the city of Leicester – once described by the late Sir Terry Wogan as Britain’s ‘lost city’ – has not in itself been a big draw for students and scholars.

“But in the space of just a year, its reputation and appeal has been transformed. The creative and delivery-focused approach of City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is revamping the city infrastructure; the phenomenal football team has come from nowhere to challenge for the Premiership title; and the discovery and reinterment of King Richard III, have all combined to make Leicester a compelling place in what Chancellor George Osborne calls the “Midlands Engine”. Leicester is finally putting itself firmly on the map – in the UK and abroad.”

Jim Butler, Head of Corporate Events, said: “The Foxes’s phenomenal rise over the course of this season has united students and staff alike! What better way to capture and channel the buzz that has been growing on campus all season than by showing our true-blue colours, having a whole lot of fun in the process and demonstrating to all that we’re proud to be Backing the Blues!”

Students and staff have been involved with Leicester City’s title run all season. A group of Geology students measuring seismic activity discovered that goals at the King Power stadium were causing minor ’Vardyquakes’, the resulting story being seen across the world and featured as the top story on the BBC website.

30 lucky students have also won tickets to three of Leicester’s home games and the campus had a very special visit from Filbert Fox, Leicester’s mascot, who posed for selfies with staff and students.

In January this year, the University awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws to the founder of King Power Group and Chairman of Leicester City Football Club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

On the announcement of his honorary degree, Mr Srivaddhanaprabha said: “What has impressed me the most is the people of Leicester and their united will for us to succeed. My family and I cannot achieve our ambitions for the Club alone, so an honour such as this is as much for the people of Leicester as it is for me.”

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For more information contact Katie Morris, Corporate Events Manager on kmm48@leicester.ac.uk 

 

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