Why Loughborough

'The Best University in the World for Sports Related Subjects'. QS World Rankings for the last 5 years.

Why Loughborough?

Loughborough University is a name synonymous with sport; having an illustrious history for its contribution to the world of sport. This global recognition for its exceptional athletes, facilities, coaching, research, enterprise and partnerships was highlighted in the award of ‘Best Sporting University in the World’ in the global QS Higher Education league table for the last 5 years.

It is this sporting heritage and our commitment to ongoing excellence that sets us aside as a world leading education institution. We are constantly striving for success and are proud to support athletes competing at the Olympic/Paralympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

The partnership between Loughborough University and the Lawn Tennis Association to host the National Tennis Academy here on the Loughborough University Campus is one I am extremely passionate about.

Over the past 5 years since the academy’s inception, Loughborough University are proud of have provided a unique sporting environment for the National Academy athletes, contributing to a number of on court success such as Henry Searles 2023 Wimbledon Boys Singles Title, and creating a programme that combines world class players development with the highest quality of education, pastoral care and personal development.

Loughborough has become one of the leading training centres for elite sport in the UK, with an extensive history of hosting elite athletes and a culture of high-performance sport. Our sporting facilities are world renowned and foster an environment of sporting excellence. Loughborough Campus is home to a host of high-performance athletes and organisations such as British Athletics, British Triathlon, British Weightlifting and Loughborough Lightning elite women’s teams including the reigning super league champions Loughborough lightning Netball; providing inspirational role models to our junior athletes.

Richard Wheater 

Director of Sport, Loughborough Sport 


Loughborough University Campus is home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class facilities across a wide range of sports. Being based on the University Campus allows our players to access this wide range of world class sporting facilities. Find our more about our Elite Training Facilities here.

Transport and location

Loughborough University is located in the heart of the East Midlands and therefore easily accessible by all modes of transport, including car, train or by flying into East Midlands Airport. Our location provides the perfect base for staff and athletes to travel domestically and internationally to competitions and events, in addition to practical ease for players and parents.

Our education and boarding partnership with the excellent rated and closely located Loughborough Schools Foundation, in addition to the University’s single site campus provides access to the world class sports and educational facilities required within close proximity to one another.  This allows for logistical ease within a performance sport environment.