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17 Dec 2014

Future stars to visit Loughborough for Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp

Around 350 young athletes, coaches and officials dreaming of glory at future Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to be put through their paces during an intense four-day Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp starting this Friday (19 December).

The young participants aged between 14-19 years-old were hand-picked by their National Governing Body (NGB) to attend the prestigious camp, which will take place at Loughborough University from 19-22 December.

Athletes, coaches and officials from the seven Olympic and Paralympic sports of athletics, boccia, cycling, football, swimming, tennis and volleyball, will participate across the four days under the watchful gaze of Olympic heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Also providing support and inspiration for the young athletes, coaches and officials will be double Paralympic and four-time World Champion Hannah Cockroft, who is an Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust.

The Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp, funded by Sport England and delivered in partnership with Loughborough Sport, has the motto “Dream, Develop, Deliver” with the young athletes, coaches and officials being urged to work hard to fulfil their huge potential.

Alison Oliver, Interim Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“Our National Talent Camp is all about supporting talented young athletes, coaches and officials. We are looking to challenge their way of thinking about what it takes to be the best and to test their commitment to succeed.

“We know that it will not be easy but that it will give the young participants a real insight into where they need to go and what they need to do to make it to the very top.”

Tim Garfield, Director of Sports Development at Loughborough University, said:

“Loughborough has a long standing reputation for nurturing sporting talent. So I am delighted that we are a key partner for the National Talent Camp and those attending have the chance to participate in our facilities that are the training base for a large number of Olympians and Paralympians.

“We are building a long term partnership with the Youth Sport Trust that will see us working together to realise the sporting ambitions of many more young people.”