Loughborough University has a long tradition and world renown for its role in the development of sporting excellence, and is a key site for the evolving English Institute of Sport. The University is also the site for the National Cricket Performance Centre. Loughborough combines high standard education, research and facility provision for a wide range of sports and individual performers. The unique range of facilities, expertise and commitment, which come together on the Loughborough campus, clearly benefit individual sports and their high performance squads. As one of Loughborough’s priority sports, Cricket benefits from this wide ranging, but integrated, provision for academic and sporting excellence.
Funded by the MCC, Loughborough MCCU is recognised as being a major success, becoming the most successful Centre of Excellence both in terms of on-field results over recent years, but more importantly in terms of developing young Cricket talent and assisting County Clubs in introducing fitter, stronger, better prepared players into 1st Class Cricket.
The Cricket Coaching at Loughborough is second to none, Ex Leicestershire Professional; Russell Cobb is head coach of the Men’s MCCU Squad whilst Salliann Briggs manages the Performance Cricket Programme and is head Coach up the women’s section. Both Russell and Salliann are assisted by an experienced and Professional team, they include; Andy Thompson (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Ruth Atkinson (Sports Physiotherapist), Simon Wombwell (Specialist Sprint Coach), Margaret Folwell (Sports Administrator) and a range of additional generic Sports Science and Sports Medicine specialists on the Loughborough campus, which is the envy of many County Clubs.
We have a number of dedicated ground staff lead by Will Relf (Head Grounds man) that maintain high standard facilities for playing and training, in support of the University’s successful Cricket squads, both male and female, elite and recreational cricketers. High standard on-campus facilities include: 2 University Cricket grounds, ECB National Cricket Performance Centre, grass and artificial outdoor net provision, access to the University’s strength and conditioning and aerobic fitness centres, facilities for technical analysis, and other facilities on campus which are utilised for integrated cross-training.
All of these facilities and services, combined with excellent coaching and links with County Clubs, are utilised for the benefit of young cricketers as part of Loughborough University’s commitment to developing opportunities for both people and sport.