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6 October 2009 | PR 09/132

Loughborough stars confirmed for badminton international on campus

Donna Kellogg, Loughborough graduate, will play for Team England on 17 October 2009

Donna Kellogg, Loughborough graduate, will play for Team England on 17 October 2009

Loughborough graduate Donna Kellogg is in action for Team England next weekend when a strong national side takes on Japan in the first ever international badminton match hosted by the University.

The country’s top players, including Singapore Open men’s doubles winners Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, have been confirmed for the five-game extravaganza which is supported by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and is taking place at the University’s Sir David Wallace Sports Hall on Saturday 17 October from 5.45pm.

Kellogg teams up with local lad Clark – a regular at the Loughborough BADMINTON England High Performance Centre - in the mixed doubles and will join Jenny Wallwork for the women’s event.

Clark and Kellogg are the reigning European and English National champions and 2006 world runners-up. Kellogg is also the 2000 and 2006 European women's doubles champion and seven-times National champion.

Robertson and former partner Gail Emms, now BADMINTON England’s ambassador, won the Olympic mixed doubles silver medal in Athens 2004, as well as lifting the 2006 world and Commonwealth gold medals, the 2004 European title and four English National titles together.

World No. 28 men’s singles player Andrew Smith will play both matches while three-time English National champion Elizabeth Cann is likely to play both women’s singles.

It will be the first time Loughborough has staged an international badminton match and it is also the first opportunity to see Japanese athletes in action since the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to use Loughborough University as its European base until the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Loughborough University director of sport Chris Earle is looking forward to seeing top class badminton on his doorstep.

“The University and emda are delighted to be able to bring world class badminton to the East Midlands,” he said. “With Donna and Anthony both coming from the region, and both having strong links to Loughborough, it’s a real showcase of how the East Midlands has contributed to the sport on a national scale.

“We hope people from across the region will get behind this match and turn out to support the teams.”

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 at both Bath and Boston.

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

Tickets for this exciting evening of badminton are on sale now from www.theticketfactory.com and in person from the Loughborough University Sports Reception. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £10 for BADMINTON England members and £6 for concessions (under 16s, OAPs and students).  For more information call 01509 226250.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

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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