Performance

We offer unrivalled support for our top athletes creating a performance offer designed to maximise team and individual performance.

Our performance programmes are led by expert coaching staff who are constantly striving to improve both individual and team performance, and supported by a wide range of skilled support services. Each sport is looking to succeed in BUCS, national and international competition, and also aid each athlete in their own sporting development.

Our performance support team provide specialist support from a range of scientific disciplines to develop performance of our top athletes and teams here at Loughborough University. Our aligned, multidisciplinary approach to athletic performance has helped to create an unrivalled sporting legacy.

Performance Programmes

Our performance programmes are supported by a team of world-class coaches alongside our performance support offering.

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

Our Offer

Loughborough Lightning

The Loughborough Lightning franchise brings world-class female sport to campus with its three squads. Select the team captains to find out more about each sport.

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Selection and Deselection Policy for Performance Programmes

Selection and Deselection Policy for Performance Programmes

The selection and deselection process for inclusion in each performance programme squad will be available from the head coach for that sport.  

 Selection and deselection decisions will be made by the lead coach or director for that performance programme.

  All performance programme athletes will sign a Code of Conduct, which includes: 

Performance Athlete Code of Conduct statement:

I understand for selection to the squad I will need to demonstrate that I have the appropriate and necessary skills and commitment and that my performance, fitness and lifestyle are at the required level.  I understand that selection involves complex judgements about the attributes of individuals and their potential contribution to a team or squad.

If an athlete is not happy with the selection decisions these steps may be taken:

  1. If not selected the athlete can seek honest and constructive feedback from the Head Coach in the first instance.
  2. If the athlete feels the sport has not followed due process, then the athlete can refer their non-selection to the Performance Programme Manager responsible for that sport.
  3. Information will be taken from the Head Coach and the athlete.  This will be reviewed by three Performance Programme Managers who aren’t directly involved in that performance programme.

Deselection from the Squad:

  1. Head Coach informs the athlete for the reason(s) for deselection based on the criteria set out for that sport.
  2. The athlete can expect to receive honest and constructive feedback, alongside what would be needed for them to be considered for selection again.
  3. If the athlete feels the sport has not followed due process, then the athlete can refer their non-selection to the Performance Programme Manager for that sport.
  4. Information will be taken from the Head Coach and the athlete.  This will be reviewed by three Performance Programme Managers who aren’t directly involved in that performance programme.

Appeals Process

  1. If an athlete feels the selection or deselection process has not be followed s/he can appeal to the Performance & Development Director.
  2. Information will be taken from the Head Coach and the athlete.  This will be reviewed by the Performance & Development Director, and two other Performance Programme Managers who haven’t previously been involved in the selection/deselection process.