Performance Para sport

Loughborough University is home to one of the largest multi-sport communities of Para athletes within a Higher Education Institution in the UK.

Loughborough is the number one choice for para-athletes looking to combine their academic and sporting ambitions.

Para sport performance programmes

For student athletes competing at a high level, we currently offer intergrated performance programmes in the following para sports:

Our philosophy is to ensure that where ever possible and appropriate, our performance programmes are fully integrated, meaning our para-athletes train together with non-disabled athletes and with the same coaches and support staff.  We do however recognise that in some cases, para-athletes have unique needs and therefore we are always looking to ensure our programmes can meet those needs.

Athletes on performance programmes benifit from access to professional coaches and a comrpahensive range of performance supoort services delivered by a professional interdisciplinary team.

Competing for Loughborough University as a Para-Athlete

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK and are responsible for providing para sport competition opportunities.  At Loughborough, we are always looking to ensure that students have the opportunity to compete in BUCS events.  The current para sports can be found through their website.

Scholarships and bursaries

Para athletes who show oustanding potential may be made a scholarship offer to come and study at Loughborough: 

In additon to sport scholarships we also offer a number of cash bursaries for athletes with a disability who meet bursary eligibility criteria.

We are proud to have so many student para-athletes who have competed at the Paralympic Games or World Championships including:


  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (GBR)
  • Dan Greaves (GBR)
  • Jonathan Broome-Edwards (GBR)
  • Thomas Young (GBR)
  • Sam Ruddock (GBR)
  • Zak Skinner (GBR)


  • Ellie Simmonds (GBR)
  • James Hollis (GBR)
  • Emma Hollis (GBR)
  • Mikey Jones (GBR)
  • Vladyslava Kravchenko (MLT)


  • Crystal Lane-Wright (GBR) 
  • Morgan Newberry (GBR)
  • George Peasgood (GBR)
  • Sam Ruddock (GBR)

Wheelchair Basketball

  • Amy Conroy (GBR)
  • Laurie Williams (GBR)
  • Jude Harmer (GBR)
  • Clare Griffiths (GBR)


  • George Peasgood (GBR)
  • Hannah Moore (GBR)


  • Yasmina Eissa (EGY)


  • Olivia Broome (GBR)


Loughborough is also home to a large number of non-student para-athletes who are part of NGB World Class Programmes which are based on campus such as British Athletics, British Triathlon and British Weightlifting.  In addition, a number of NGB World Class Programmes use Loughborough for trianing camps.