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28 April 2005 PR 05/31

Preparations well underway for Loughborough international athletics match

Tickets are now on sale for the Loughborough International Athletics Match, sponsored by accenture – the traditional curtain raiser to the outdoor athletics season.

The meeting, being held at Loughborough University on Sunday 22 May, will bring together teams representing Loughborough Students past and present, GB Under 20s, British Universities, England, Scotland and Wales.

Last year’s match showcased some of the country’s leading athletes in their build up to Athens 2004, including Denise Lewis, Diane Allahgreen, Helen Karagounis, Ricky Soos and Goldie Sayers.

George Gandy, Loughborough’s director of athletics and the meeting director, said: “I am delighted that Loughborough, in our 49th annual staging of this meeting, will once again be hosts to some of the most outstanding British athletics talent. Full England, Scotland and Wales teams are especially welcome, as they commence their build-ups for the next Commonwealth Games in March 2006.”

Tickets for the Loughborough International Athletics Match can be purchased from Loughborough Students’ Union shop, Loughborough EIS swimming pool reception, Loughborough University Fitness Suite (LUFS), the High Performance Athletics Centre (HiPAC) and the Loughborough EIS Performance Centre reception.


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Notes to editors

  1. Media accreditation forms for the Loughborough International Athletics Match are being issued by Vision Sports PR, T: 01273 670003, E: denise.tyler@visionsportspr.com

  2. The Media Centre at this year’s event will be located in the Charnwood Athletics Club House, adjacent to the track.

  3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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