Panthers Players Get Down To Business

20 October 2011

Brock Wilson

GMB Nottingham Panthers'

This is another example of our strong partnership with the Nottingham Panthers and the payback for us is that our sports students get to work with the Panthers' physio team and find out about the world of work

Peter Allen, the University of Derby's Marketing Director.

Three of GMB Nottingham Panthers' newest players are getting down to business off the ice as well as on it, as they are all studying Business courses at the University of Derby as part of its scholarship programme with the ice hockey team.

Matt Francis, Jordan Fox and Brock Wilson all signed for the Nottingham Panthers over the summer, and as well as playing their first games for the team recently, all have just begun their studies at the University of Derby

Matt Francis, 25, from British Columbia, Canada, has been playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) and East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) for two years. Matt is studying towards a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Derby, while he plays on the wing for the Panthers this season.

Experienced centre player, Jordan Fox, 27, from Kirkwood, USA has played professionally for five years, and joined the Panthers from Finnish ice hockey team, Jokipojat. Jordan will study towards a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies. Hard hitting defence man, Brock Wilson, will be playing and studying alongside Jordan, as he is also working towards a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Derby. Brock, 26, from St Louis, USA, has played professional hockey for four years. His last club was Utah.

Gary Moran, general manager of the GMB Nottingham Panthers said: "Being able to offer education alongside playing for the Panthers has been a big boost to the club.

"Many top class ice hockey players are already thinking about what will happen once they hang up their skates, and the courses they can take at the University of Derby whilst playing for the Panthers provide some excellent opportunities for these players."

Peter Allen, the University of Derby's Marketing Director, said: "We are delighted to be able to welcome Brock, Jordan and Matt to the University this autumn, and hope that they achieve great things in their studies as well as for the Panthers.

"This is another example of our strong partnership with the Nottingham Panthers and the payback for us is that our sports students get to work with the Panthers' physio team and find out about the world of work."

For more information about studying Business at the University of Derby visit website: www.derby.ac.uk/dbs. For more information about the Nottingham Panthers visit website: www.panthers.co.uk.

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