Loughborough University has made a unique contribution to the world of sport for over sixty years, bringing together exceptional athletes, facilities, coaching and research expertise, and extensive partnerships with major sports organisations.
As such, Loughborough has been named University of the Year for Sport by The Times Good University Guide 2014.
Loughborough topped the league in a special supplement focusing on the best universities for sport, gaining the most points in each of The Times’ three criteria – success in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championship, in cup competitions and in individual performances in non-team sports.
Some of the most celebrated names in sport – including world record breaking athletes Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe, one of the greatest-ever Paralympians, Tanni Grey-Thompson, and World Cup winning England rugby coach Clive Woodward – have studied at Loughborough.
Sporting excellence and opportunity
Loughborough has an unparalleled record of excellence in sport. Its students have won the BUCS title for 34 consecutive years, finishing more than 1,500 points ahead of the second placed university in the 2013-14 competition.
Around 200 elite level athletes are currently studying or training at the University. The Loughborough Sports Scholarship programme enables the finest young athletes to excel in both their academic and sporting achievements.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, past and present students and Loughborough-based athletes won a total of 35 medals – a success so great that if the University had been a country it would have finished 11th in the medal table.
Recreational sport is equally important at Loughborough and there is a popular programme of opportunities for sports enthusiasts of all levels and abilities. The University also has the country’s largest intramural hall sport programme for those students who enjoy being part of a team with an element of competition.
London 2012 Olympic Games
At the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 90 athletes with Loughborough connections competed, winning a total of thirteen medals.
Loughborough was chosen as the official Preparation Camp for Team GB in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Over 500 Team GB athletes, alongside support staff, coaches and officials visited the camp to be officially ‘kitted out’.
A number of teams also utilised the sporting facilities on campus to complete their final preparations for the Games.
The University was also chosen as one of the Olympic Torch Relay points. Thousands of visitors turned out to witness the Torch travelling through the campus.
Facilities, Performance Centres and Preparation Camps
The campus has the country's largest concentration of world-class training facilities and support services across a wide range of sports, including an indoor athletics centre, outdoor stadium and a 50m swimming pool.
Bases for a number of sports are located on campus, including national performance centres for athletics and cricket.
The senior England Rugby League squad were based at the University in the build-up to and during the 2013 World Cup.
Underpinned by academic excellence
It is not just on the field that Loughborough excels. The University’s renowned performance is crucially underpinned by internationally renowned teaching and research in sports science, engineering and technology.
Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is world renowned. Its work to understand the interplay between exercise and disease was recognised as part of the 2012 Olympic legacy, with a multi-million Government award to build a National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine on campus.
The Sports Technology Institute works with global brands, including adidas, Canterbury, Nike, Speedo and Umbro on the design, simulation, testing and manufacture of sporting goods. Its track record of design-led innovation and accelerating nove, concepts from initial stages through to commercialisation is unparalleled.