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20 August 2009 | PR 09/110

British and NBA basketball player says Loughborough camp is best ever

Luol Deng

Britain’s best known basketball player Luol Deng has praised facilities and staff at Loughborough University where he is hosting his annual one-week basketball camp.

More than 260 young players aged 11-19 from across the country have flocked to the Luol Deng Basketball Camp – the brainchild of NBA Chicago Bulls player Deng, which teaches participants the intricacies of basketball whilst drumming home the importance of discipline, sportsmanship and a good education.

“The camp gives kids the opportunity to develop their basketball skills and learn something new about the game whilst having fun. But we also teach them about discipline and the importance of doing well at school,” explained Deng.

“This is by far the best and most organised camp we’ve run. The people are friendly and the food is great.

“Loughborough is in a great position geographically to attract kids from all over the country and because the facilities here are so great it complements everything we do. The training facilities are just as good as anything I’ve seen in the US. It’s a great place to be and we hope to return next year.”

Luol Deng

Players have been put through a packed schedule of training and workshops during the five-day camp that gives them an insight into the life of a professional basketball player, and underlines the importance of health and nutrition.

The camp is widely recognized as one of the best in Europe and its mission is to teach the fundamentals of basketball, foster personal growth, encourage sportsmanship and promote the growth of basketball in Britain.

Matches and drill sessions have been hosted in three of the University’s sports halls and the hundreds of young basketball players and up to 100 staff have stayed full board in the on-campus student accommodation.

Loughborough events officer James Smith has been managing the camp on behalf of the University.

“We are delighted to be able to host the first Luol Deng Basketball Camp outside of London and to welcome so many young players onto campus,” he said. “The Deng camp is our latest high profile sports camp, continuing our tradition of hosting large sport-focussed events and working with top sportsmen and women. We’re glad Luol and his staff have enjoyed their time here and we hope to work with them again over the coming years.”

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 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 institution.

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.

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