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4 November 2009 | PR 09/152

Japanese Olympic delegation visits Loughborough

Japanese Olympic delegation visits Loughborough University

Japanese Olympic delegation visits Loughborough University

More than 40 coaches and support staff from Japan’s Olympic sports teams visited Loughborough University last week to see first-hand the range of world class facilities available to their athletes.

Representatives from the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and 17 Olympic sports including athletics, weightlifting, swimming, trampolining, fencing, handball and hockey, made a whistle-stop tour to the University and partner sports facilities in the East Midlands.

The group met with Loughborough University director of sport Chris Earle and his colleagues before undertaking guided tours of the sports facilities, athlete accommodation, dining and recreation areas to get an overview of resources available to them for training camps between now and the Olympic Games.

Business development manager Ben Aherne, who coordinated the visit, was really pleased with its success.

“Enabling coaches and management from the Japanese federations to familiarise themselves with Loughborough is invaluable for us,” he said. “The feedback has been really good and we’re incorporating it into our plans to ensure Japanese athletes have the best possible preparation whilst at the University.

“We have since been approached by a number of sports who are keen to increase the number of camps held here after seeing first-hand what we have to offer.” 

Such bookings will see more Japanese athletes visiting Loughborough for training camps in early 2010.

The recent JOC visit means more that three quarters of Japan’s Olympic sport federations have now visited the University.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.P.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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