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30 September 2009 | PR 09/127

LOCOG chief visits Loughborough project

Loughborough Flames

LOCOG Chief Executive Paul Deighton visits the Loughborough Flames

The Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) was in Loughborough last week to visit a project that has recently received Olympic and Paralympic recognition through the Inspire Programme.

LOCOG Chief Executive Paul Deighton and his colleagues were in town to find out more about the pioneering ‘Loughborough Flames: Lighting the Way’ programme developed by Loughborough College and the Loughborough University British Heart Foundation (BHF) National Centre for Physical Activity and Health in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

‘Loughborough Flames: Lighting the Way’ was set up to improve the health of Loughborough’s young people and is the only sports project in the East Midlands, and one of just 17 countrywide, to achieve the prestigious Inspire mark.

During his time at Loughborough College, Mr Deighton met some of the Young Leaders who have been delivering the project to local school children, as well as Young Leaders from Garendon High School and local primary school children who were involved in a mini flames festival on the day, which included sports and Olympic-inspired activities.

Co-Director of the University’s BHF National Centre Sonia McGeorge also attended the event and is delighted the programme has achieved recognition from the Olympic chief.

“It’s a real honour that Paul Deighton and his colleagues came to find out more about the Loughborough Flames project,” she said. “Their visit shows the national importance of the project and the impact it has in achieving many of the targets set out in the original London 2012 bid.”

London 2012’s Inspire programme aims to help bring the benefits of the 2012 Games to every part of the UK - giving millions the opportunity to participate as never before. Only the most accessible, participative, inspiring and stimulating projects and events achieve the Inspire mark.

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Amanda Overend
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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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