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Loughborough to host Team England ahead of the Commonwealth Games

Athletes, coaches, and practitioners from Team England will use Loughborough University as an immersion camp ahead of next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The agreement will see a number of sports using Loughborough’s technical training facilities across campus prior to the Games with the Opening Ceremony starting on July 28th, 2022.

As part of the contract, West Park Teaching Hub will also be used for the team’s kitting out event – the process in which Team England’s delegation will receive their official kit ahead of the Games.

Throughout the camp, Loughborough will welcome personnel from sports including swimming, athletics, and wheelchair basketball, with a full integration of Para sport campus-wide.  

The team will also stay at Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel, and the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel while at the University.

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Team England to Loughborough ahead of the home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“Loughborough is well known for its sporting success and many of Team England’s athletes, coaches, and practitioners are very familiar with our elite-level sporting environment and world-class facilities.

“We would like to wish them – and all Loughborough-linked athletes – the very best for what I’m sure will be another fantastic summer of global sport.”

Mark England OBE, Team England’s Chef de Mission added:

“We’re delighted to confirm Loughborough University as Team England’s preparation base ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“It’s really important Team England athletes have the opportunity to come together in advance of the Games, and to have world-class facilities in which to train.

“Loughborough University, quite rightly, has received recognition as one of the finest global sports universities and it’s a pleasure to be hosting the nation’s home team there in the run up to the biggest multi-sports event in the UK since London 2012.”

The 2022 Commonwealth Games take place in Birmingham between 28 July – 8th August.

For further details about utilising Loughborough’s world-class facilities contact the team at workwithus@lboro.ac.uk

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About Loughborough University

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022, and 10th in both the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

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About Team England:

Team England is the highly successful team that represents the English nation at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.

Having won over 700 medals and created a host of amazing sporting moments, Team England is the pride of the nation and demonstrates a modern, inclusive, diverse and united England.

Commonwealth Games England leads and manages the participation of Team England, at the Commonwealth Games working closely with each sport's National Governing Body, our funding partner Sport England, and the Games’ Organising Committee.

We are the host team, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the West Midlands, and the UK Government for the next Commonwealth Games in 2022.

England is one of only six countries to have taken part in every edition of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.

Commonwealth Games England has been responsible for preparing and delivering Team England at the Commonwealth Games since their inception in 1930 and Commonwealth Youth Games since 2000.

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