Get involved with Para sport
Loughborough University is renowned as a world leader in sport. One thing we’re incredibly proud of is how broad and inclusive our sports offer is so whatever level you’re at or whatever your interest, find out more and get involved.
The Parasport Exec is a dedicated group of students who are working to improve the recreational opportunities for students with disabilities in sport at Loughborough.
They work alongside the staff team, as well as the various participation programmes and AU clubs to ensure every student has the opportunitiy to play sport at Loughborough, regardless of ability or experience. If you have any concerns or questions regarding adaptive, accessible or disability sport, please get in contact with them! You can also check out the accessibility of facilities ahead of attending physical activity sessions via AccessAble.
To keep up to date with all things parasport at Loughborough, follow the Parasport Instagram which is run by the Parasport Exec.
The Athletic Union is proud to say that all our clubs welcome members of all abilities. We were also thrilled to welcome Wheelchair Basketball as an official AU Club in 2020/21.
Currently we compete in eight BUCS Para sports (Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Powerlifting, Swimming, Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis), we continue to work with BUCS to add more competitive Para sport opportunities for its students.
All club committee members are welfare trained to ensure they can facilitate their clubs to be as inclusive as possible and The Athletic Union continue to work closely with LSU’s Disability Support Network (DSN) to ensure we understand how we can improve upon our disability offer and cater for a range of abilities.
If you do have any feedback on the Athletic Union’s accessibility or would like more information on any of the above, please feel free to get in touch with our Sport Executive Officer: email@example.com.
The recreational sport programme at Loughborough offers a free and welcoming environment for students to engage with sport. We pride ourselves on ensuring the session leads have the ability to adapt these sessions to support all students to participate in a way that is meaningful for them. The programme takes form in weekly sessions, specific courses or one-day festivals.
Within the regular programme, we currently have 5 adaptive sports (wheelchair basketball, wheelchair handball, wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and boccia). In additional to these sports, we work alongside our activators to adapt all of the My Lifestyle sessions to suit each individual’s participation. If you require any support or adaptions for a session, just notify the activator leading the session and they will discuss with you how they can support. You can also contact the Para Sport Exec or the Para Sport Development Coordinator Alice Evans if you wish to discuss your participation in any of the Loughborough Sport programmes further.
We’re looking to introduce more parasport opportunities in the recreational programme for the 2023/24 academic year and are exploring how we can make the programme we have already more inclusive for disabled students.
Hall sport (IMS)
Also called Intra-Mural sport (IMS), this is a free programme open to all Loughborough University students.
It’s a fantastic way to make friends and compete in a range of sports either in a league format or one day events.
Wheelchair Basketball is one of the most popular IMS one day events and we are currently looking at adding additional inclusive sport events to the IMS programme.
If you have any specific needs that you would like to discuss prior to participating in an IMS event, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Social Sport programme at Loughborough prides itself on being accessible to a wide range of students and we are always looking at ways to make the programme even more inclusive.
Departments, Halls, Societies and groups of friends can enter teams in Social Sport leagues as well as a series of one day events that run throughout the year.
If you have any specific needs that you would like to discuss prior to participating in a Social Sport event, then please contact email@example.com.
Coaching and Volunteering
Thanks to the rich and varied Para sport environment, students at Loughborough have access to some unique coaching, placement and volunteering opportunities in the field of Para sport. These vary from year-long placements with Para sport performance programmes to volunteering opportunities at Para sport events and competitions that take place on campus. In addition, there are opportunities to gain coaching qualifications in Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia.
Holywell Fitness Centre and Powerbase Gym are both accessible facilities catering for all abilities.
Our fitness instructors are used to working with gym members of all levels and sporting backgrounds, from Paralympians at the very top of their sports to recreational gym users.
We have a range of fitness equipment and areas that allow access to all members, whilst providing the option of 121 instructor’s assistance in how to use them.
We can aid in the development of fitness programs catered to each individual.