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12 April 2010 | PR 10/68
Doubles delight for Loughborough’s tennis stars
Left to right: Jon Pankhurst, Johnny Kinsella, Scott Dickson, Scott Whitbread
Loughborough University’s men claimed a first ever national league title at the weekend when they lifted the National Premier Doubles Championship.
Head coach Jon Pankhurst was part of a four man team that put Esporta Gloucester to the sword in the final with a 4-0 rout of a side containing doubles world No.107 Jamie Delgado.
The Loughborough side, comprising Pankhurst, Loughborough College student Scott Whitbread, Johnny Kinsella and sports scholar Scott Dickson, had too much for the Esporta outfit in a one-sided contest.
Pankhurst said: “It’s a little bit of history for us to have won a national title for the first time and it was a massive effort from all the guys against the likes of Jamie Delgado. We were on their home turf as well which made it all the sweeter.
“We have won plenty of university competitions in the past but this puts us on the map on a national level. It sets us up nicely for the start of the national club league next weekend and the players will take a lot of confidence from this result."
The victory follows hot on the heels of Loughborough becoming the only University in the country to have two men’s and two women’s teams in the Premier divisions of BUCS competition.
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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.