Net gains as University signs deal with Manchester Magic

Thursday 20 September 2012
The University of Salford has formed a new partnership with basketball team Manchester Magic to create more opportunities for young players and improve performance.

Salford hopes to play at the top level of national university basketball and aims to attract top players from all over the country. Joe Kilpatrick and Muftau Akintoye are the first Magic players to enjoy the benefits of the partnership, studying at Salford and playing for both the University and Magic teams.

Magic coach Peter Paraskeva will take the reins of Salford’s men’s team and the University will share its expertise in sports science, strength and conditioning, the management of injuries and rehabilitation during the long-term collaboration.

Performance analysis will take place at the University’s state-of-the art Human Performance Laboratory which contains an extensive range of biomechanical and physiological equipment.

James Crowley, Head of Sport at the University, said: “This is an excellent partnership for the University which will raise the standard of sport at Salford while also developing the wide range of mutual opportunities in working with Manchester Magic.”

Joe Forber, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Amaechi Basketball Centre (the home of Magic) said: “Dealing with the University has been a fantastic experience. Salford has shown a real desire to create a true and enduring partnership.

“Everyone at the Centre is excited about the potential of this partnership to augment the opportunities and development of all the young people who participate in our programme.”