Loughborough University’s sports facilities are second to none in the UK. Some of the indoor centres newly built on campus, are the national training bases for a number of sports as a result of the English Institute of Sport development. Loughborough’s students benefit from access to these state-of-the-art facilities and the coaches they attract.
Cricket is central to what Loughborough is trying to achieve in terms of maximising young people’s potential, and at the same time assisting sports such as Cricket to benefit from the cutting edge sports science that Loughborough is renowned for.
At Loughborough you will find everything that can assist the aspiring young player to develop his or her game. The very best coaches, fitness trainers and sports science and medicine support teams benefit from excellent facilities, including:
- · 2 high standard cricket grounds on campus. Both already play host to international and county development matches, as well as MCCU matches; and the main ground has develop further as a result of the siting of the National Cricket performance Centre here (see National Cricket Performance Centre pages);
- · The National Cricket Performance Centre is much more than just a training centre for the England Performance Programme players as it provides an all year-round facility to benefit cricket as a whole. It hosts Loughborough MCCU, Loughborough Students Union CC, a number of County squads in the winter as well as supporting cricket needs in the local area. The £4.5m construction of the indoor cricket centre has been universally welcomed, and become the cornerstone in the development of young cricketers and England’s resurgence on the international scene.
- · high standard grass and artificial net provision for Loughborough Students is found on the two cricket grounds, and these are now being supplemented by the National Cricket Academy outdoor nets, which are designed to become the best training surface in the country;
- · Loughborough MCCU players make extensive use of the two main fitness centres on campus. ‘Powerbase’ is a strength and conditioning centre dedicated to use by performance squads like the MCCU. There, you will rub shoulders with international athletes and sports professionals, as well as the elite Loughborough Students squads. ‘LUFS’ is a more standard aerobic fitness gym, fitted with the latest equipment for both recreative and more serious training. MCCU members are provided with heavily subsidised membership of both of these facilities;
Perhaps one of the biggest draws of Loughborough University is the ‘buzz’ that emanates from the sports buildings and its young sports stars. In addition to the above facilities, specifically utilised by Loughborough MCCU as part of its core Cricket Programme, the following facilities are also available to all Loughborough Students, and are occasionally used by the MCCU squad for cross training where appropriate, or for recreation:
Olympic sized Swimming Pool
Loughborough’s new £7million state-of-the-art Olympic-sized swimming pool is now open. One of the new English Institute of Sport facilities at Loughborough, the 50m pool can be divided into two 25m pools and the depth of water can be varied. For elite swimmers the pool has many of the ‘fast water’ features associated with the most advanced facilities of this type.
Athletics High Performance Centre
The impressive new Athletics High Performance Centre will be open from May 2003 and contains an indoor 120m ‘straight’ track and a field events area. This will be one of UK Athletics’ most advanced training venues and will also be utilised by Loughborough Students.
Regional Hockey Academy
Loughborough’s water based pitch is complete and Loughborough teams now enjoy playing competitive matches, including their National League fixtures, on the new surface. The associated new pavilion is due to be finished this year.
Regional Tennis Centre Completed in November 2002, the impressive new tennis centre has four acrylic indoor courts with six associated outdoor courts, and are in addition to Loughborough’s existing indoor and outdoor tennis provision.
Work started in May 2002 to provide a purpose built four court centre for badminton, and a dedicated indoor netball centre in two juxtaposed buildings. Both centres have additional flexible space and full support facilities for the national squads which will be based here, alongside student use.
The EIS Performance Centre
The English Institute of Sport, Loughborough Performance Centre will emerge from the refurbishment of the old PE Centre and will house state-of-the-art facilities for sports science, sports medicine and conditioning for elite sports performers. This centre will open in Autumn 2003 coinciding with the National Cricket Academy squad being based on the Loughborough campus.