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15 October 2009 | PR 09/138

Clark to partner Kellogg for Loughborough’s badminton international

 

Clark and Kellogg

Donna Kellogg and Anthony Clark in action

East Midlands badminton duo Donna Kellogg and Anthony Clark will partner up for the mixed doubles when England take on Japan at Loughborough University this weekend, England’s team management today confirmed.

The pair, who together won the European mixed doubles title in 2008 and who both have strong connections to Loughborough University, will join with team mates including Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson, three-time national champion Elizabeth Cann and Dutch Open champion Jenny Wallwork for the five game international.

Graduate Kellogg is England’s most-capped current woman player with 87 caps going into these matches. She has seven national and two European women’s doubles titles to her name, including four national and one European titles with Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms. She also has four mixed doubles titles – one with Simon Archer and three in a row with Clark. Kellogg joins with Wallwork for the women’s doubles.

Clark, who has trained at the University for nearly 14 years and lives in Leicestershire, is looking forward to teaming up with Kellogg for the county’s first England international in more than 15 years. He will also play in the men’s doubles alongside Robertson, with whom he recently won Britain’s first ever World Super Series title at the Singapore Open.

“It’s a perfect scenario to be able to play an international fixture just 10 minutes from where I live,” he said. “It’s great that all my friends and family can come and see me play.

“I’ve trained at Loughborough University for nearly 14 years now. That’s such a long time and I’ve always said I wanted to play in an international fixture here, so to be able to gain a full blown England cap is really nice. It’s also great for me and Donna to be able to play together in the region we both live and train in. I hope a lot of local people are able to turn out and support us.”

Team England take on Japan at Loughborough University this Saturday (17 October) from 5.45pm. 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, which is supported by the East Midlands Development Agency, are on sale now online at www.theticketfactory.com, by phone on 01908 268400 or in person from the Loughborough University Sports Reception. Tickets will also be available on the door and cost £12 for adults, £10 for BADMINTON England members and £6 for concessions (under 16s, OAPs and students).

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.  Anthony Clark is available for phone interviews.  Please contact Amanda Overend for more details.

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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