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April 2012 For immediate release

World class squash court opens at Leeds Metropolitan The official opening of Leeds Metropolitan Universitys new squash court, will be marked with a match featuring world number one James Willstrop on Wednesday April 25.

The 7pm Exhibition Night event, which is open to the public, will see James go head-to-head in a game with world number 44 Chris Simpson.

James, who has been using the squash facilities for his training at Leeds Metropolitan for a number of years, commented: The new squash court at the Universitys Headingley campus makes for a top class training facility. Ive already tried and tested the court and Im really looking forward to the official opening event and the match with Chris Simpson. There should a great atmosphere on the night and Im delighted to be taking part.

Racket Sport Development Officer at Leeds Metropolitan and former professional player, Kirtsy McPhee, who has organised the event, said that English Squash and Racketball - the national governing body for the sports, had helped fund the new court. As well as our students we have a number of professional, world class players who use our Universitys squash facilities for their training, said Kirsty. The feedback they have given about the standard and quality of the new court has been nothing but positive.

Following the main match, Kirsty will be taking part in a mixed doubles game with former world number one Vanessa Atkinson, who is also a student at Leeds Metropolitan.

In addition James Willstrop will be signing copies of his autobiographical new book Shot and a Ghost - A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash.

Tickets to the Exhibition Night cost 5. For further information and to book your seat contact Kirsty McPhee at


For further details please contact Julia Williams in the Communications team at Leeds Met on 0113 8125978 or email Notes for editors: Leeds Metropolitan University has over 25,000 students and around 3, 000 staff. The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds. Leeds Metropolitans four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie. Leeds Metropolitans heritage can be traced back to the founding of the Mechanics Institute in Leeds in 1824. International students rated the University top in the UK for language support, accommodation quality and learning spaces in the 2010 Autumn Wave of the International Student Barometer and sixth in the world for the quality of its lectures. We have over 1,500 international students from 122 countries around the globe. The Universitys award-winning learning environments include

Broadcasting Place, which was voted the best tall building in the world in 2010 by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban

Habitat (CTBUH) and also winner of the 2010 Leeds Architecture Awards New Building category.

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