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Additional funding announced for disability sport research

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The Peter Harrison Foundation has extended its financial support of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) at Loughborough University, enabling the Centre to continue its work with Britain’s Paralympians to Rio 2016 and beyond.

Established in 2005, the PHC has established close working relationships with organisations including the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and English Institute of Sport (EIS), and has conducted extensive research with a wide range of performance sports including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and paratriathlon.

Part of Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, the Centre’s work focuses on three key strands - sport science, performance health, and psycho-social health and well-being.

The additional funding, which has been increased to a five-year term, is worth over £200,000 a year to the Centre and will enable it to maintain its position as a world-leader in its field.

Dr Vicky Tolfrey, Director of the PHC, said: 

“We are extremely grateful to the Peter Harrison Foundation for their continued support of our research at Loughborough.

“By extending their support to a five-year term, not only will it take us well into the next Paralympic cycle, but it will also give us the stability to attract additional funding.”

For more information about the Centre visit or follow the PHC on twitter @PHC_Lboro.


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/152

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. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and 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 11 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.


Amanda Overend
PR Officer
Loughborough University
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