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4 December 2012 | PR 12/217

University hosts landmark forum on anti-doping

Izzy Jeffs

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson (pictured left) with Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison

Over 80 delegates from the sporting landscape have attended the Clean Sport Forum 2012, hosted by UK Anti-Doping and held on campus at the new Loughborough University Stadium.

The forum brought together representatives from a range of sporting bodies and organisations to share learning about their anti-doping programmes, and to promote the essential role of creating a clean sport culture following on from the London 2012 Games.

Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton and Paralympic swimmer Graham Edmunds attended the forum, and joined Miriam Wilkens from the British Olympic Association and UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson in a panel to discuss perspectives on clean sport.

Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison welcomed the delegates to the University at the start of the day, and made reference to the joint work Loughborough is carrying out with UK Anti-Doping in an innovative new project to promote the culture of clean sport on campus.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said:

“We as a University are delighted that you have chosen Loughborough to host this event and that you have taken a lead on clean sport.

“A doping scandal would damage the reputation this University proudly has because of our sporting excellence.

As such we leading the way by working in collaboration with UK Anti-Doping in developing an accreditation scheme which ourselves and other higher education institutions will greatly benefit from.”

Loughborough has developed strong links with UK Anti-Doping after being chosen as a pilot site for the University Accreditation Programme that is designed to raise awareness of anti-doping issues as well as educating students and sports people based on campus.

This collaboration helped to bring the forum to the University, alongside a range of other UK-Anti Doping events held on campus in the same week, including the Athlete Committee meeting and a National Trainer Training event.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Andy Parkinson said:

Loughborough University’s commitment to the work of UK Anti-Doping, and our partnership, is exactly what is needed to ensure we together inspire a new generation of clean sports people.

“Loughborough University is renowned worldwide and should be recognised globally for the leadership it is taking in relation to campus-based preventative anti-doping education and testing programmes.”

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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 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 Best Student Experience in England 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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 12 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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