Para sport scholarships

By supporting our Para sport initiative, you are not only making a profound impact to a young person’s life, you are making a valuable contribution to a more inclusive world where disability can be celebrated. Your gift can help us nurture talented Para athletes in a wide array of sports whilst fostering a world class Para sport environment open to all our disabled students.

Our ambition is to be number 1 in the world for Para sport

Loughborough University is already home to one of the largest multi-sport communities of Para athletes within any University in the UK.

Our ambition is to become the leading university in Para sport globally, and to create inspirational, inclusive and life-shaping opportunities for all our disabled students.

Para sport is a powerful vehicle to promote change in attitudes towards disability. At an individual level it can literally be life changing. At a society level, it can break down barriers, inspire people of all abilities and promote inclusion and diversity. At Loughborough, we recognise the valuable role that Para sport can play at both recreational and social levels as well as the elite level.

What your gift will achieve

Sam Ruddock training

Supporting elite performance

Loughborough has been home to incredibly talented Para-athletes for decades. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Loughborough based athletes contributed an impressive 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 Bronze medals to the overall medal tally for Paralympics GB. Around 100 of Loughborough’s staff, students and alumni are be involved in the 2020 Tokyo games.

Your gift could support a talented Para athlete who may one day secure glory at the highest level.

Para athletes playing boccia

Building on our inclusive community

Up to 15% of Loughborough’s students are registered as having some form of a disability. In addition to top tier athletes that are among the world’s finest, we want every Loughborough student with a disability who wants to take part in Para sport to be encouraged and supported to do so. It is a vital aspect of the Loughborough experience that every student feels they can take up the opportunities that sport and Para sport can offer.

Your gift can make this happen.

Support medal winning Paralympians like Crystal

Crystal Lane-Wright studied for a Masters degree in Sport Nutrition at Loughborough. Thanks to a donor funded scholarship she was able to take steps towards achieving her goal of becoming successful Paralympic cyclist. She was able to secure medal success in Rio, winning pursuit silver on the track and road race bronze. In Tokyo, Crystal completed a historic hat-trick of medals by winning three silver medals.

On her scholarship, funded by the Peter Harrison Foundation, Crystal said:

The campus facilities are excellent and my scholarship allowed me to spend a lot of time in the newly refurbished gym, Power Base. As part of my programme I needed to become physically stronger and the full use of the gym was so beneficial in making this possible.

The support I received from Loughborough was first class, but my journey would not have been possible without the support and kind generosity of Loughborough donors.

Your gift will make all the difference

A gift of any amount will make a big difference and allow us to:

Attract talent from across the globe

Attract talent from across the world to come to Loughborough to compete and attain success for our university, all the while adding to the diversity of our campus community.

Meet travel costs and buy equipment

Help our Para-athletes meet unexpected costs around events/equipment.

Maintain our unique contribution to British Para Sport

Help to maintain Loughborough’s unique contributions to national success at the Paralympic games in Paris 2024 and beyond.

Offer a lifeline for those just starting out

Your gift can serve as a lifeline for those just starting out in Para sport, who can not secure lottery funding or who are not eligible to receive it.

Why we need your support

You can support any disabled student wanting to get involved in Para sport, potentially for the first time. Para athletes can face unique requirements for participating in Para sport, requiring specialised equipment or support to be able to take part, particularly those just starting out.
You can support elite Para athletes who need an extra boost. Even at the highest level of competition, scholarships can relieve stress or worry about costs associated with travel, equipment and the cost of living.
You can support international students who may not be eligible for alternative funding- for those international students with great talent and dreams of coming to Loughborough, your support could help make the difference.
Your support allows us to keep up with the competition- we need to ensure that coming to Loughborough is seen as the number one choice over other universities for prospective students with great potential.

Your gift makes a difference

In order to realise our ambition, we need to ensure that every talented student who wants to explore the amazing opportunities Para sport has to offer get their chance.

Your gift to support a Para sport scholarship can help us do that.

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Loughborough's Para sport credentials

Our unique history

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Loughborough based athletes contributed an impressive 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 Bronze medals to the overall medal tally for Paralympics GB.

Several Paralympic National Governing Bodies (NGBs) also choose to base their Performance Programmes at Loughborough University thanks to its world class facilities, creating a unique and inspiring multi-sport environment for Para sports where the likes of Jonnie Peacock, Richard Whitehead, Libby Clegg and Sophi Hahn use Loughborough as a training base.

State of the art facilities and strength in depth

At Loughborough we have a firm commitment to providing world class facilities for our Para Athletes to train and compete in. We offer four Para-sport Performance Programmes: Para-Athletics, Para-Cycling, Para-Swimming and Para-Triathlon. Loughborough is also home to the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, a world-leading research centre within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. The Centre is led by Professor Vicky Tolfrey and has been funded since its foundation in 2005 by generous charitable donations from the Peter Harrison Foundation.

A commitment to para sports globally

Loughborough is committed to attracting talented Para athletes from across the globe, as well as championing Parasport worldwide, such as partnering with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and University of Malawi on a ‘Para Sport Against Stigma’ project that aims to change attitudes towards people with disabilities in Africa.

A tradition of champions

Some of the most famous Para athletes in British Para sport started their careers at Loughborough.

Para sport at Loughborough University