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14 March 2006 PR 06/24

Budding badminton players show off their skills at Loughborough

Over 120 children from all over the region will gather at Loughborough University on Thursday 16 March to take part in the region’s biggest badminton festival.

Sixteen teams of eight children, from Years Five and Six, have qualified for the BISI (Badminton Into Schools Initiative) Festival, which will be held at the University’s New Sports Hall.

BISI has been developed by Badminton England and is designed to introduce children to the game of badminton. Schools participating in the initiative are issued with detailed and easy-to-follow resource cards for a variety of skill based activities.

The scheme is proving extremely popular, as research shows that badminton is the most preferred out-of-curriculum activity among secondary school children, and it is one of the most popular options among children doing GCSE PE (1).

Among those cheering the children on will be Loughborough University’s Director Sport, Chris Earle.

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Notes to editors

  1. All the participating teams will be available for photographs, with the Director of Sport, Chris Earle, at 4.10pm in the New Sports Hall, Loughborough University.

  2. The schools taking part in the festival are:

    Broomfield Community Primary School
    Burton-on-the-Wolds Primary School
    Church Hill Church of England Junior School
    Glenfield Primary School
    Hathern Church of England Primary School
    Loughborough Church of England Primary School
    Merton Primary School
    Mountfields Lodge School
    Newcroft Primary School
    Queniborough Church of England Primary School
    Rendell Primary School
    Richard Hill Church of England Primary School
    Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
    Shepshed High School
    St Marys Catholic Primary School
    Swithland St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School

  3. (1) Source: Badminton England

  4. 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 it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five 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; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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