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18 Febrary 2010| PR 10/25

Strong Loughborough Students presence in England hockey squad

Loughborough Students past and present are well represented in the English hockey squad heading out to Delhi for the 2010 World Cup today (18/2/10).

Current student Richard Smith, who made his debut against Germany last summer, takes his place alongside Loughborough Students teammate Nick Catlin.

They are joined by former University students Glenn Kirkham, Richard Alexander, Barry Middleton and Iain Mackay plus fellow ex-Loughborough Students player Ali Wilson.

The English side is lead by coach Jason Lee, another former student and player/coach for the University's Premier Division side.

Loughborough's men's hockey coach David Ralph was full of praise for full-back Smith: "Richard has been a key player for us over the past couple of years," he said.

"He only broke into the England side less than a year ago and his development has come on even more since then. We've actually not seen as much as we'd like of him since he's been an England player but that's a mark of the success he's had.

"It is great to see so many guys with Loughborough University connections involved in the squad and that's the way it has been for the last five years or so. We like to think that's a result of the strong system we've got here."

The England squad will go through their paces in a training camp in Doha before they kick off their Pool B campaign on 28 February against 2009 Champions Trophy winners and World No.2 Australia.

They face South Africa two days later before their Asian double header against Pakistan on Thursday 4 March and India on 6 March. World No.3 Spain round off England's tough set of pool fixtures on Monday 8 March.

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T : 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk
M: 07983 967 278

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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