​Loughborough Sport

Loughborough’s reputation for sporting excellence spans performance, facilities, expertise and working partnerships. Over 100 years ago our Principal, Herbert Schofield, a great innovator, made educating the mind and the body central to his student welfare philosophy and saw sport and physical education as crucial to this philosophy.

Now, over 100 years later, Loughborough Sport plays host to many of the highest performing student athletes and teams in the country and our campus wide opportunities allow all of our students the chance to enjoy life shaping experiences through sport.

Our strong association with elite performance sport is boosted by the number of students, alumni and Loughborough-based athletes that choose the campus as their training base; the number of national sport governing bodies that house their main headquarters here; and the decision in 2012 to use Loughborough as the official preparation camp for Team GB ahead of the Olympics.

Our achievements

Loughborough number one in the world for sports subjects

2019 QS World University Rankings by subject

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Champions

For 40 years running

6000+ BUCS points

The first university to break the 6000 points barrier

Lightning Netball

League Winners and Grand Finalists 2017

12 of Team GB's 67 medals

at the Rio Olympic Games were won by Loughborough Athletes

10th in the 2016 Paralympic Games

if Loughborough was a country

An inclusive sporting environment

We firmly believe in the value of sport to our students' lives, regardless of ability.

Our sporting offer includes wide ranging programmes facilitating free sporting trials and dedicated free play spaces on campus. With two outstanding gyms based on campus alongside a 50 meter swimming pool our focus on an inclusive sporting environment has resulted in over 70% of students regularly taking part in sport.