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14 November 2007 PR 07/143

Loughborough swimming coach to receive prestigious national sports award

Ian Armiger, Loughborough University’s Director of Swimming, is to be honoured at the 2007 Sports Coach UK Coaching Awards.

He will receive the esteemed Mussabini medal, which is awarded to individuals that have made a significant contribution to the development and management of coaching and individual coaches in the UK.

Ian has been a swimming coach for over 30 years and became Loughborough University’s first full-time paid coach 11 years ago. He has worked with many successful swimmers throughout his career and has had swimmers in the last three Olympic squads.

During his time at Loughborough he built the foundations for one of the country’s most successful swimming programmes. The University also includes an excellent coach development scheme which has supported the likes of Ben Titley and Steve Bailey.

“I am very proud to have been awarded this medal,” said Ian. “It is great to be recognised by your peers and the national organisation that focuses on coach development. But it is also a reflection of a full team effort at Loughborough University and recognition of an excellent programme.

“It is great to have helped so many young coaches develop, to see Ben Titley now working with some of the best athletes in British Swimming makes me so proud. The backbone of our programme is enthusiasm for the sport and this has taken us a long way.”

Ian is the second Loughborough University coach to receive the Mussabini medal. Director of Athletics George Gandy was awarded the honour in 2003.

This year’s event marks the tenth anniversary of the coaching awards and the patron of Sports Coach UK, HRH The Princess Royal, will offer her congratulations to the winners at the special ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel on 12 December.

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  1. Sports Coach UK is the national coaching foundation, dedicated to guiding the development and implementation of a coaching system for all coaches at every level in the UK.

    It holds the coaching awards each year to honour coaches who have achieved outstanding success over the past twelve months. The event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the industry and is attended by some of the most important and influential people in sport and coaching. Previous winners include Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Alf Ramsey.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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