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26 July 2010 | PR 10/118

Loughborough students achieve historic 30-year sporting win

Josh Lewsey and Richard Smith

Loughborough University’s students have won the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) overall trophy for the 30th year running.

Athletic Union President Richard Smith collected the trophy on 16 July from 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Josh Lewsey at the BUCS Ball, held at Keele Hall.

BUCS is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. Each year over 100,000 students and more than 4,000 student teams compete in around 50 sports as part of the BUCS programme of competitions, leagues and events.

This year Loughborough enjoyed wins in Rugby Union, Football, Swimming, Athletics, Table Tennis and Netball, to name just a few, as well as contesting finals in a whole range of other sports.

The final points tally for Loughborough was 5585.5, a record under the new BUCS system.  The 2nd placed institution gaining 3368.5 points.

Richard Smith commented: “It was a massive honour to receive the trophy on behalf of everyone involved in BUCS sport at Loughborough University. The competition at the top gets tougher every year, and it is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone that this year we won by a record number of points.

“We have a fantastic culture on campus that spreads wider than just sport, and it’s our tremendous strength in depth, with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams regularly contesting the higher BUCS leagues, that keeps us at the top.”

Loughborough University’s Director of Sport, Chris Earle, added: “We’re immensely proud of every student who contributed to this record-setting year of BUCS sport. It’s no easy task to repeat the BUCS wins, so to reach three decades without loss is an amazing achievement.”

At the event Loughborough swimmer Liam Tancock was also named BUCS Sportsman of the Year.

He said: “I really enjoy competing for my club, the University and my country and it is such an honour to have been recognised by BUCS. I also want to say thank you to the support that Loughborough University, British Swimming and my coach have always given me.”

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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