School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


26 Mar 2014

Coaching recognised at Loughborough Sporting Club annual dinner

Over 150 people have attended the Loughborough Sporting Club annual dinner to celebrate past and present successes, and to honour the latest additions to the Sporting Hall of Fame.

The evening, compered by Hall of Fame member David Moorcroft and Christine Fisher, President of the Alumni Association, saw nine new names inducted into the Hall of Fame, previous inductees of which include the likes of Fran Cotton, Sebastian Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Clive Woodward and Bob Wilson.

For the second year running the value of coaching was recognised, with Malcolm Arnold (athletics), Dario Gradi (football) and Phil Larder (rugby league and union) all inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Loughborough University has a long tradition of excellence in coaching, and students of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences benefit from this expertise.  Teaching and Coaching is a compulsory module for first and second year Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate students, and is also available as an optional module for students on our Sports Science with Management and Sport Management degree courses.  The School also runs a Sport Coaching programme (MSc, Diploma, PG Certificate), supporting the continuing professional development of sports coaches and those working in closely related fields.

Among the other notable inductees were former Loughborough Lightning player/coach and England international captain Olivia Murphy, who became the first representative from netball to be inducted.

The evening also included an after-dinner speech from University graduate Ian Drake, Chief Executive Officer of British Cycling, who has overseen the success of Team GB at the London 2012 Games and the increased participation of the sport in the UK.

In bringing the evening to a close Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University said:

“What this evening proves to me, more than anything else, is that sport is part of our DNA at Loughborough.  It is what we are known for and it is what makes this University special. It is one of the things that make me proud to be Vice-Chancellor, and I hope that it makes all of you proud too.”

More details and pictures from the Loughborough Sporting Club annual dinner can be found on the Loughborough Sport website.