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10 August 2011 | PR 11/96

Loughborough Lightning secure place in Netball Super League

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Loughborough Lightning, the premier netball team in the Midlands, has been selected to continue their participation in the Netball Super League.

The decision by England Netball will see the sport’s premier competition continue to be played at Loughborough University for the next four seasons.

Loughborough Lightning is a franchise owned by Loughborough University, in partnership with East Midlands Netball. The team are based at the University and is made up of current students, Loughborough graduates and regional players.

A number of England internationals have played for Lightning in recent seasons including current coach Olivia Murphy, Karen Atkinson, Jade Clarke and Jo Harten.

Jo Emmett, Loughborough Lightning Franchise Manager commented:

“We are delighted with the news that we have been offered a Netball Super League Franchise for the next four years. This will enable us to build on our successes over the past six years.

“The announcement means we can enhance our strong partnership with England Netball, and build on our aspiration to be the best netball development environment in England.

“In the run up to the new season we will be working hard to ensure that we offer an outstanding match day experience for our loyal Lightning fans, and also to encourage new supporters to come and watch top class netball.”

England Netball decided after the end of the 2011 season to cut the number of Super League teams from nine to eight. The eight franchises selected are:

• Celtic Dragons • Hertfordshire Mavericks • Loughborough Lightning • Northern Thunder • Surrey Storm • TeamBath • Team Northumbria • Yorkshire Jets

Cheryl Danson, England Netball Chairman, said

“England Netball is delighted to announce the eight franchises that we believe will support the England Netball performance objective of becoming number one in the world.

“It is regrettable that Glasgow Wildcats lose their place in the competition, and that the Birmingham based application missed out on the final eight; however, we wish all successful franchises the best of luck for the 2012 season and beyond.”

The new season gets underway on the weekend of 21 January 2012 and will conclude with the Grand Final Weekend on 19 and 20 May.

Further information about Loughborough Lightning can be found on their website at:
http://www.loughboroughlightning.co.uk/

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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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