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14 March 2011 | PR 11/28

University applies for pitch development and changing facilities

Loughborough University has submitted a planning application to Charnwood Borough Council to improve its provision of sports pitches and changing facilities in Holywell Park, at the West end of the campus.

The application requests a new changing facility. This will comprise 14 changing rooms, to facilitate the football and rugby teams that currently play their matches at the West end of the campus, and a social area/viewing gallery.

The application includes the development of a first team pitch for Loughborough University Football Club on the site of an existing pitch adjacent to the Ford College.

The first team pitch development would include a perimeter fence, floodlights and turnstiles, together with 300 permanent covered seats and stand accommodation, creating an enclosed 3,000 spectator venue.

The proposed changes will meet the requirements set out by the Football Association for the club to play in their current league, the Midland Alliance, where they are competing for promotion. It will also ensure the facility meets league standards if the club are successful in achieving promotions to higher levels of the amateur football league structure.

The development would also allow the University to hold a limited number of showcase events such as the annual Varsity and England under 20 rugby matches. 

The club currently share the Nanpantan Sports Ground with Loughborough Dynamo. Whilst this arrangement has worked well as a short term measure both clubs have plans for development that would not allow the ground share to continue long term.

The University is keen to provide a suitable facility on campus to allow the students to be able to play on their own ground and to have a stable base for their future development.

Tim Garfield Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University said:

“We are extremely grateful to Loughborough Dynamo for allowing us to ground share in the interim.  However this arrangement is not sustainable for the development of either football club. We are therefore keen to improve our provision through the application we have made.

“We currently have seven grass pitches at Holywell Park but no changing accommodation for our students and those from visiting universities and other clubs. This is a situation we are seeking to rectify with the new changing room provision.

“We fully understand that at this stage this is only an application. We have, however, consulted Charnwood Borough Council and local residents prior to making the application and will continue to work with them to achieve a development acceptable to all parties.”

If the planning application is successful the football club could be playing at the new facility before the end of the 2011-12 season.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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