Coach Martin to carry the torch.
Martin Plant (inset), who is Head of Staff Development at the university, was successfully put forward by the university for his passion to community sports after coaching youngsters at Stalybridge Celtic for several years.
He went on to gain an FA coaching badge, and youth football has been a big part of his life ever since.
He said: "I am so pleased to have been chosen to carry the Olympic torch because I feel I represent people like me - all the mums and dads who give up every Saturday and Sunday to do something really useful, helping to give young people the chance to play sport."
Martin, 49, will carry the flame in his home patch of Ashton-under-Lyne on June 24 as it tours 1,000 communities before arriving in London for the opening ceremony on July 26.
He will be issued with a special outfit for his turn with the torch and is already in training so he can run the Ashton-under-Lyne section in style.