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.

Loughborough’s unique multi-sport environment provides an inspirational and motivational setting for our National Academy players; our junior athletes will be surrounded by other world class athletes/role models and see first-hand the commitment, dedication and resilience required to succeed.

As one of the leading UK Sport Elite Training Centres and an institution that has extensive experience of hosting elite athletes, we can provide a unique opportunity for the National Academy athletes and an opportunity that combines a world class player development programme with the highest quality of education, pastoral care and personal development.


Our Loughborough University National Tennis Academy players have access to the world class sports facilities on campus as part of their daily/weekly programme, including (but not limited to);

Loughborough Sport Tennis Centre:

• Ten indoor Plexipave hard courts

• Three outdoor Plexipave hard courts

• A dedicated player relaxation lounge with food preparation facilities.

• Functional training/S & C area

• Performance analysis suite and education room

• Physiotherapy room

• Three seminar rooms)

• Four glassback squash courts


Other facilities include:

• Powerbase, one of the largest Strength & Conditioning centres in the UK and host to the English

Institute of Sport (EIS)

• Loughborough Sport Physiotherapy clinic

• Ice baths

• Olympic size (50m) swimming pool – home to the British Swimming

• HiPac Athletics Centre (indoor and outdoor facility) – home to a British Athletics National Performance


• Sir David Wallace Sports Hall

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.

a map of the UK with pointers showing the location of the sites at Loughborough and London