George Gandy Legacy Fund

Be part of the future of Loughborough athletics through a gift to the George Gandy Legacy Fund

The George Gandy Legacy Fund exists to assist athletes with access to things which would be beyond their financial circumstances, such as athletics equipment, travel to competitions both domestically and abroad, competition entry fees, physiotherapy / medical treatments.

The fund also exists to assist coaches in their track and field athletics activities whilst at Loughborough. It is recognised that coaches during their coaching careers give up huge amounts of time and in some cases incur additional expenses. Athletics coaching is still primarily an unpaid voluntary activity and many coaches wouldn’t want it any other way.

George had a passionate desire to support athletes from less fortunate backgrounds who fell outside of national funding criteria. He facilitated athletes getting financial and other support to enable them to be the best they could be.

It is the wish of the Gandy family following on from George’s extraordinary coaching career to recognise that athlete’s success is based not only on a huge commitment by the athlete but this is done in partnership with coaches, whose work can so often go unrecognised.

George Gandy Celebration of Life Service

A service celebrating the life of George Gandy was held at Loughborough University on Saturday 24 July, 2021.

The service is available to watch now.

About George Gandy

George Gandy devoted most of his working life to sport at Loughborough. Over five decades he combined academic responsibilities as a sports scientist with coaching student athletes as long-serving Director of Athletics and Lead Endurance Coach.

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Who will benefit from the George Gandy Legacy Fund?

Donations to the Fund will be used to support:

  • Students who are part of the Loughborough Students Athletics Club and are not already funded by an external body such as a sports National Governing Body - especially those students who are experiencing financial hardship
  • Athletics coaches at Loughborough, especially in their professional development and career/learning opportunities.

What difference could my gift make?

  • £50 could help an athlete meet travel costs to attend competitions or training
  • £100 could support an athlete with physio and recovery from injury
  • £250 could pay for new shoes, sportswear or athletics equipment
  • £500 could fund an emergency hardship grant for a student athlete facing unexpected financial difficulties, for instance if they are a victim of theft or sudden loss of income
  • £1,000 could enable a budding coach to develop in their career with professional development courses
  • £5,000 could support a student athlete from a low-income background with bills and basic living expenses throughout their degree, reducing the pressure to make ends meet by working long hours around their studies and athletics training

Donate now

Join us and make your gift to the George Gandy Legacy Fund by visiting our JustGiving page today

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Fundraise for George

You can get involved and raise money for the George Gandy Legacy Fund through sponsorship for races or other challenge events. This is easy to do through the George Gandy Legacy Fund JustGiving page. If you would like to speak with a member of Philanthropy team for advice and support please contact Giving@lboro.ac.uk.