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13 June 2012 | PR 12/103
Loughborough trains young researchers for Prince’s Trust 2012 legacy programme
Loughborough University’s Institute of Youth Sport (IYS) is working with The Prince’s Trust to help train Young Ambassador researchers as part of its Olympic legacy programme Opportunity ‘Inspired by London 2012’.
Nine Young Ambassadors from across the UK have participated in research training days delivered by Loughborough University. These training days have been designed to equip them with the skills to investigate the success of The Prince's Trust Opportunity ‘Inspired by London 2012’ scheme, and to inform future delivery of the charity’s sports-based and other engagement programmes.
The scheme is part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Social Legacy programme and aims to ensure that marginalised young people across the UK connect with Games.
The latest training day was facilitated by Loughborough’s Dr Rebecca Duncombe and was themed on research methods. This gave the Young Ambassadors, all in their early-20s, the opportunity to experience research from both the researcher’s and interviewee’s perspective.
Linking in with the sporting theme, the Young Ambassadors also got a chance to test their skills at wheelchair basketball with the Leicester Cobras and meet with Paralympic swimmer Fiona Neale who gave a presentation on life as a Paralympic athlete and the challenges she has overcome.
Dr Carolynne Mason, Senior Research Associate at the IYS, part of the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, explained:
“Supporting the Young Ambassadors to become young researchers is an exciting process for the Institute of Youth Sport, and we have been incredibly impressed with the Young Ambassadors who have volunteered to take part.
“This is the second time we have worked with The Prince's Trust. Both organisations seek to ensure young people benefit from experiences to enhance their well-being and future success.”
The Young Ambassadors will now be supported in conducting their research with young people from the Opportunity ‘Inspired by London 2012’ projects and will be given the opportunity to attend two further training days later in the year, which will address data analysis and research presentation.
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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 2011 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.