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4 September 2009 | PR 09/115

England stars descend on Loughborough for badminton international

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Donna Kellogg in action.

Loughborough University welcomes international badminton to the East Midlands next month when Team England take on Japan on Saturday 17 October.

The country’s top players will descend on the town as the University hosts its first ever international badminton fixture, which has been made possible thanks to funding from the East Midlands Development Agency (emda).

Loughborough graduate Donna Kellogg returns to the University to represent England with doubles partner Anthony Clark, who is also based at Loughborough’s Badminton England High Performance Centre. The pair are European mixed doubles champions and are ranked favourites going into the Japan fixture.

2004 Olympic gold medallist Nathan Robertson has also been confirmed for the match and is to make his first outing on home soil since making his 100th appearance for England during the Sudirman Cup in China in May.

Loughborough director of sport Chris Earle is looking forward to welcoming the England and Japan badminton stars onto campus.

“We are delighted to be able to host this world class fixture and bring international badminton to Loughborough and the wider East Midlands,” he said. “It’s particularly appropriate for us to host this match given our links with Japan and the Japanese Olympic Committee and we look forward to welcoming players from both teams onto campus next month.”

Japan last toured England in November 2000 when the hosts won a six-match series 5-1. The previous Japan visit was in 1998 when England won 3-2. Most recently Team England played Japan in the Sudirman Cup, scoring a resounding 4-1.

Team England will be led by Performance Director Ian Moss and Olympic manager Andy Wood, a former Loughborough coach.

The matches will be played under the five-match Sudirman Cup format of men’s and women’s singles and doubles and one mixed.

The fixture is one of two international matches taking place to launch the new badminton season – the other takes place at the University of Bath on Friday 16 October. The Loughborough fixture on Saturday 17 October starts at 5.45pm.

Tickets will be £12 adults, £10 BADMINTON England members and £6 concessions – Under 16, OAP and Students. Tickets are on sale now. See www.badmintonengland.co.uk for details.

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

  1. Loughborough is a designated Badminton England High Performance Centre and facilities include 20 badminton courts and a purpose-built international standard badminton hall.

    Badminton is one of 12 performance sports at Loughborough and former students include GB internationals Donna Kellogg, Rajiv Ouseph and Robert Blair. The University club has won the national student championships 15 times over the last 20 years.

  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 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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