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4 March 2008 PR 08/24

Loughborough University named in 2012 Training Guide

Loughborough University is to be featured in the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) Pre-Games Training Camp Guide due to be circulated to National Olympic and Paralympic Committees in Beijing this summer.

The Guide has been designed to give teams and individual athletes a great selection of high quality elite sporting facilities from which they can choose to prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The University is the largest of 26 East Midlands facilities listed and is able to offer training for 22 of the possible 28 sports and disciplines catered for in the region.

Loughborough’s state of the art sports facilities, sporting expertise, extensive accommodation and easy access to additional training venues off-campus make it an ideal choice for nations hoping to base the majority of their athletes in one centre.

Good international transport links and an estimated one hour 20 minute journey into the Olympic Park by 2012 mean the University is one of the country’s top athlete preparation sites for the London Games.

The University is one of over 600 facilities to appear in the Guide, all of which were assessed against strict technical criteria such as the ability to offer high quality sports training facilities, experience of hosting elite teams, comfortable but affordable accommodation, the ability to offer appropriate catering, good transport links, access to a good hospital, and good sports science facilities.

Extensive details of the facilities will appear on a dedicated website showcasing the quality and variety of options throughout the UK which will help National Olympic and Paralympic Committees decide where to train.

The national tourism agency, Visit Britain, is developing this new website with LOCOG and will bring its experience of marketing destinations and tourism products to international audiences.

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said:

“The strength and diversity of our sporting infrastructure is demonstrated by so many high quality facilities having met the strict criteria to be included in this Guide. This is a real opportunity for communities across the UK to capitalise on the benefits that hosting 2012 offers.

“There are no guarantees of success just by making it into the Guide. There will be fierce competition to host foreign teams and individuals, and now it is for every nation and region, every venue, to sell itself internationally.”

Other local facilities listed include the National Water Sports Centre, The Defence Animal Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Nottingham Forest Football Club.

For a full list log onto http://www.london2012.com

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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. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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