Loughborough’s reputation for sporting excellence spans performance, facilities, expertise and working partnerships. Over 100 years ago our Principal, Herbert Schofield, a great innovator, made educating the mind and the body central to his student welfare philosophy and saw sport and physical education as crucial to this philosophy.
Now, over 100 years later, Loughborough Sport plays host to many of the highest performing student athletes and teams in the country and our campus wide opportunities allow all of our students the chance to enjoy life shaping experiences through sport.
Our strong association with elite performance sport is boosted by the number of students, alumni and Loughborough-based athletes that choose the campus as their training base; the number of national sport governing bodies that house their main headquarters here; and the decision in 2012 to use Loughborough as the official preparation camp for Team GB ahead of the Olympics.
Loughborough number one in the world for sports subjects
QS World University Rankings by subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Champions
For 40 years running
6000+ BUCS points
The first university to break the 6000 points barrier
Netball Superleague Champions 2021
14 medals at the 2020 Olympic Games
Loughborough-linked athletes achieved three gold, six silver, five bronze
21 medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games
Loughborough-linked athletes achieved six gold, six silver, nine bronze
An inclusive sporting environment
We firmly believe in the value of sport to our students' lives, regardless of ability.
Our sporting offer includes wide ranging programmes facilitating free sporting trials and dedicated free play spaces on campus. With two outstanding gyms based on campus alongside a 50 meter swimming pool our focus on an inclusive sporting environment has resulted in over 70% of students regularly taking part in sport.