Having won 75 of the last 80 BUCS Track and Field Championships, Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club (LSAC) is by far the most decorated British student athletics club in history.
Ambitions of many student-athletes, however, are much higher and international stars such as Lord Sebastian Coe, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Moorcroft, Paula Radcliffe, Steve Backley, Dan Greaves, Lisa Dobriskey and Chris Rawlinson are just a handful of notable alumni.
There are approaching 100 current or former students who have competed at the Olympic Games and medal winners at recent Olympic Games or World Championship include Robbie Grabarz, Goldie Sayers, Nicola Sanders, Martyn Rooney, Harry Aikines Aryeetey and Emily Diamond. LSAC has also provided thirteen gold medal winners in European U23 Championships since its inception in 1997.
It is not all about elite level performance however, with a large membership of over 350 athletes, the club caters for a wide range of abilities from club and regional level athletes up to Olympic stars. With a large coaching team and excellent indoor, outdoor and strength training facilities, the club provides wide ranging competition opportunities; starting with cross country and indoors during the winter months before moving to the regular outdoor season. As well as BUCS Championships in the aforementioned three disciplines, the club hosts open meetings as well as the Loughborough International Athletics match and the Loughborough European Athletics Promotion (LEAP) meeting.
The club trains in event groups throughout the week with generic club days on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Loughborough is also home to the British Athletics National Performance Institute, which provides medical and coaching support for funded athletes. At student level there are also Loughborough University Sports Scholarships available to outstanding individuals, along with first team squad support programmes that provide additional support services such as physiotherapy and sports massage.
Loughborough University students that have represented Great Britain in Para-Athletics at an international level include:
The Para-Athletics programme at Loughborough is an integrated programme whereby athletes with and without disabilities train alongside each other and have access to the same support services depending on the individual needs of the athlete.
Loughborough is also home to a number of Para athletes from the British Athletics World Class Programme who use Loughborough as a training base including Jonnie Peacock, Richard Whitehead, Sophie Hahn, Libby Clegg, Hollie Arnold and Hannah Cockroft.
Lead Endurance Coach
George Gandy has been coach to Loughborough teams in over 100 British Universities victories and has been personal coach to more than 80 international athletes. George’s experience spans 10 Olympic Games, 11 World University Games, and 5 Commonwealth Games, plus he has been UK National Endurance Coach over two periods, from 1992-1998 and 2009-2013.
Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club has been the dominant University club over the last decade, with countless BUCS successes both at an individual and team level. Prominent examples include heptathlete Niamh Emerson, who in her first year of studying at the University in 2018 won Commonwealth Games bronze and World Junior gold. Morgan Lake is another standout example, winning silver in the high jump at Gold Coast 2018, having finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships one month earlier.
The first team squad support structures are designed to give help to and support to talented LSAC athletes below scholarship award level on their development pathway through their University years.
The programme affords recipients levels of physiotherapy and sports massage cover, reduced Powerbase Gym Membership and access to Sports Science support programmes (including Nutrition, Psychology, Exercise Physiology testing and Performance Analysis) amongst its benefits.
It is aimed at athletes who can contribute significantly to the clubs status as the pre-eminent British University athletics programme, targeting both continued BUCS success and also selection for international age group and senior teams.
For our most exceptional performance athletes, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.
If you are looking at your University options and are considering how best to combine your studies and sporting development, the LSAC programme provides not only Britain’s most successful student club setup, but also offers the best programme in terms integrating your studies with elite level sports performance.
Many top student athletes stay on after their studies to continue to benefit from the exceptional environment, which indicates the quality of the environment that we have created on campus. Academically there are a wide range of courses at both HE and FE level at the University and neighbouring Loughborough College, with courses sensitive to the demands of performance level sport – both institutions employ sports specific education and development officers to help balance the demands of high-quality academia and sport.