The University of Derby’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, has offered his congratulations to Derby County Football Club after they reached the Championship play-off final.
The club, which enjoys a partnership with the University, is now one step away from the Premiership after beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 yesterday in the second leg of the semi-final.
County won the two-legged tie 6-2 on aggregate and Professor Coyne, who expects to make the trip to Wembley Stadium for the final on Saturday, May 24, has heralded a “fantastic achievement”.
He said: “Many congratulations go to Derby County. They thoroughly deserved to go through to the play-off final with what was a tremendous performance against Brighton, particularly in the second leg yesterday.
“The University is a proud partner of the club and we wish the team the very best of luck at Wembley. I will be there roaring them on, I just hope they get over that final hurdle and reach the Premier League.”
The University’s partnership deal with Derby County includes being the ‘naming rights partner’ of the Rams’ Moor Farm Training Ground and providing education to Academy staff and players.
Moor Farm was renamed the ‘Derby County Training Centre in partnership with the University of Derby’ at the beginning of this season.
Also, students on the University’s new BA (Hons) Sport Management degree, which begins this September, will have access to a new Learning Lab at the club’s iPro Stadium.