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9 March 2010 | PR 10/41

Loughborough set for bumper weekend at BUCS finals

Loughborough University's sports teams will travel north en masse to Sheffield this week as they go in search of a 30th straight British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Championship overall points title.

The five day sporting extravaganza kicks off in the Steel City on Wednesday (10th March) when Loughborough's netball first team, led by England goal shooter Jo Harten, take on Leeds Met Carnegie at the English Institute of Sport, having accounted for Brunel 57-45 in last week's semi-final. That is followed by the men's football first XI who will walk out at the Don Valley Stadium to face Bournemouth in the championship football final.

The action is spread out over the following four days, with Loughborough's men's hockey first team aiming to retain their title against Exeter on Thursday. They will have to do without last year's final hat- trick hero Richard Smith, who lines up for England on Thursday in the semi-final of the Hockey World Cup in Delhi. On Thursday night the rugby league lads face the might of Leeds Met Carnegie at Headingley stadium, having already toppled the Yorkshire side earlier in the season.

The BUCS indoor athletics championships headline the Saturday programme alongside a host of Loughborough teams aiming to make it into Sunday finals, including badminton, basketball, indoor cricket, judo, karate, mountaineering, table tennis, tennis, trampolining, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.

Loughborough University director of sport Chris Earle said: "The range of sports we have finalists in demonstrates the depth of talented student athletes at Loughborough. It is also a testament to the quality of coaching, the support staff and the work of the Athletic Union at the University and we're looking forward to great performances from our students this weekend."

Away from the BUCs championships, Loughborough will also be well represented in Doha this weekend at the IAAF Athletics Championships.

Loughborough College student and 2012 scholar Harry Aikines-Aryeety goes in the 60m, fellow 2012 scholar Vikki Hubbard competes in the high jump  while Chris Clarke, another Loughborough College student coached at the University, takes his places in the 4x400m relay squad.

Kate Dennison, who trains at the University, lines up in the pole vault alongside Steve Lewis in the men's competition, who also trains at the Loughborough High performance Athletics Centre.

Loughborough alumni Victoria Barr, Hayley Jones, Lee McConnell and Kim Wall are all in the British women's 4x400m relay team, with fellow ex-students Samson Oni (high jump) and Charlotte Best (1500m) also selected for the team.

There are also two Loughborough men in the Irish team for Doha, alumni David Gillick, who has been nominated for the European Athlete of the Month Award for February after equalling his own Irish national record of 45.52secs with victory at the Aviva IAAF Grand Prix in Birmingham, and Billy Ryan, who has made the cut for the 4x400m relay.


For all media enquiries contact:

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

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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