Recreational Summer Sport on Campus

If you prefer a more active participation in sport than from the comfort of an armchair – or simply want to try something new – then why not try out Loughborough Sports new Summer Sport Programme which kicks off next week and runs for the summer.

You can try your hand at:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Cricket

All the sessions are free to attend for students and staff alike – just turn up and play!

Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Next Generation – In the Library!

A couple of weeks ago we were honoured with a visit by Olympic heroines Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sophie Hitchon, along with a BBC camera crew, to shoot footage for a documentary feature about the next generation of British athletes. This programme was broadcast on BBC 2 on Saturday and is currently available to view on the BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days. Watch it again here:

1966 and All That!

England-1966-fifa-world-cup-logo_SEINNI_MYNDINThis weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the England football team’s World Cup final victory over West Germany at Wembley stadium on 30th July 1966.

A hard-fought contest over 90 minutes saw the match go into extra time with the score poised at 2-2, but two further goals by Geoff Hurst – making him the first and so far only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final – won the match for England 4-2. Not without some controversy – debate still rages over whether or not England’s third goal was actually legitimate, as certain camera angles appeared to show that the ball had not crossed the line.

England’s fortunes in subsequent finals have been mixed; a semi-final appearance at Italy 1990 under Bobby Robson has been their best achievement since 1966. Indeed, controversy seems to have followed England’s World Cup performances – on and off the field! Alf Ramsey’s ill-advised substitution of the talismanic Bobby Charlton during the quarter final against West Germany in 1970 has long since been deemed responsible not only for losing England the match 3-2 in extra time (after England led 2-1 with 8 minutes to go), but also subsequently – in a dour reflection of the black mood of the country – for then Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s surprise defeat in the 1970 General Election which took place four days after the match!

England fans would also choose to forget Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal in the 2-1 quarter final defeat to Argentina at Mexico 1986, while German fans may claim a degree of cosmic football karma during their second round 4-1 knock-out of England at South Africa 2010, when Frank Lampard’s would-have-been equalising goal for 2-2 was disallowed despite having crossed the goal line – a reverse echo of Hurst’s goal in 1966, perhaps!

We hold a large stock of books about football and football coaching among our sports section on Level 2, and if you care to revisit England’s World Cup adventures as reported by the press of the time, why not take a trawl through our online newspaper archives?

Calling All Sports Students!

sportdiscusThe library has access to a wide range of resources that can help you write better quality essay’s and assignments. If you haven’t used this resource before, why not try it and see what top quality information you can find!

SPORTDiscus offers full text is the most comprehensive, bibliographic database covering sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching and lots more!

Cricket, Lovely Cricket

9443235195_d706454c0d_kCricket fans rejoice – it’s an Ashes summer again, when England and Australia join battle in one of the oldest and most hotly contested sporting contests in the world.

We’re already two matches into the five Test series, and the play has proved scintillating; England gained an early advantage through a comprehensive 169-run victory in Cardiff, but then the Australians came roaring back this last weekend with a stunning 405-run annihilation at Lord’s – with a day to spare as well. With 3 Test matches remaining, everything is well set for another enthralling series.

‘The Ashes’ derived from a term used in mock obituary written in the Sporting Times newspaper when Australia beat England at the Oval in 1882, stating that “English cricket has died, and the body cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” The following year England toured Australia and beat them, and England captain Ivo Bligh was presented with a small urn reputed to contain the ashes of the ball used by the English in the victory – and dubbed by the Australians as “the ashes of Australian cricket”. Thereafter, every Test match series between the two countries has been a contest to win or retain those Ashes. To the beginning of 2015, Australia hold a narrow advantage over England, by 32 series victories to 31 (with five drawn), with the Australians winning 126 individual matches to the English total of 103.

Loughborough University has a proud cricketing tradition itself – its male and female MCCU teams regularly win trophies – and can count several alumni from their ranks who have gone on to play international and Test cricket, including Sam Billings, Monty Panesar and Nick Knight.

We have a broad range of cricketing books on our shelves in the Library, including the controversial autobiography by former England captain Kevin Pietersen in our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, and Scyld Berry & Rupert Peploe’s intriguing account of the story behind the genesis of the Ashes, Cricket’s Burning Passion: Ivo Bligh & the Story of the Ashes, which you can find among our other cricket history books downstairs in our sports section on Level 2. Why not have a browse?

The Ashes Urn image by David Holt, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Want to Know What Was on TV on the Day You Were Born…?

Radio Times by Bradford TimelineThe BBC this week launched a new online service that allows you to search through complete schedules of their seminal listings magazine, Radio Times.

The Genome Project has digitised listings from nearly 4,500 issues that cover everything broadcast by the BBC on their radio and television channels between the years 1923 to 2009, and though at present the database only contains basic information such as capsule synopsis and programme details and a brief cast/credit list, they aim to include images later.

Nearly 4.5 million programmes are covered, including old favorites such as Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python – and Crackerjack! – along with details of the BBC’s coverage of major sporting and historical events including Olympic Games, World Cups and Moon landings. So now you can find out what was on TV the day you were born!

Although ITV listings are not included owing to copyright issues, you can access an archive of the TV Times, ITV’s ‘answer’ to Radio Times, by visiting the BUFVC database’s TV Times listing archive, which covers the period 1955-1985 (please note you will need your Athens username & password to access this service).

Radio Times cover by Bradford Timeline, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

MCC Twenty20 Cricket Finals on Campus This Week


Cricket fans are in for a real treat this week when the MCC Twenty20 Finals take place on the Loughborough University cricket pitches at Haslegrave and Brockington for two days of what promises to be great cricket action.

Nine University teams in total are competing in three groups, with the winner of each group plus the best runner-up going to the semi finals and eventual final which will be played on the Thursday 19th June.The tournament gets underway on Wednesday, 18th June, at 10am when Loughborough MCCU take on Newcastle Uni at Haslegrave, while Durham play Exeter and Cardiff play Warwick. The next round of matches start after lunch at 1.15pm, and then conclude at 4.30pm.

Admission is completely free – just turn up and enjoy!

Full details of the draw are available from the Loughborough Sport site here:

World Cup Fever!

cattias photosFootball fans across the globe rejoice tonight as the 2014 World Cup Finals kick off in Brazil this evening, beginning a month-long sporting carnival featuring some of the finest football players in the world.

Hosts Brazil are the pre-tournament favorites and will be hoping to kick the ball running with a victory over Croatia in the opening game that kicks off at 9pm tonight. 30 other countries qualified for the tournament, comprising a total of 13 European sides, 6 South American, 5 African, and 4 each from Asia and North America. They’ve all been drawn into 8 groups of four teams. The eventual winner in the final, to be played on Sunday 13th July, can expect a prize of $35 million dollars, as well as the distinctive Silvio Gazzaniga trophy.

The tournament is being staged with a background of some controversy; there have been doubts about Brazil’s ability to stage a safe & secure tournment following recent and ongoing domestic and social upheaval in the country. And FIFA, football’s world governining body, is embroiled in a bitter dispute over the legitimacy (and wisdom) of the award of the 2022 Finals to Qatar.

You don’t have to look far in the Library for something to read about football; we have a growing section of books down in our sports section on Level 2 devoted to the sport and its history. You can also read all about previous tournaments via our electronic newspaper archives, which are available to browse via Library Catalogue Plus. Though for many England football fans, such a dip back into the past may bring back unwanted memories…!!

Brazil 2014 World Cup logo by Cattias Photos, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Talk Sport 2014 Careers Fair

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Loughborough students have always succeeded in sport, and many alumni are now achieving success within the sports industry.To support current students and graduates to work in the industry, the Careers and Employability Centre are hosting TalkSport 2014, a networking event that promotes career pathways in sport and related areas.

The fair will provide a range of opportunities for students, including:

  • Meeting face to face with representatives from high profile sports organisations
  • Gaining insights into professional areas and possible job roles in sport
  • Investigating the requirements of the industry including relevant experience and qualifications
  • Exploring opportunities  for work shadowing, work experience, paid internships or employment
  • The chance to make useful contacts to assist with career planning.

It’s taking place on Thursday down in the exhibition area of the James France Building, between 11am – 3pm. For further details, visit this page.

International Football at the University Stadium


If the start of the domestic football season earlier this month has re-whetted your appetite for the game after the summer break and you’re at a loose end, then why not pop along to the Loughborough University Stadium this week, which is hosting three Under 17’s football matches as part of an FA International Tournament.

The three matches will see national youth sides from Italy, Portugal and Turkey competing. The England Under 17 team complete the four teams in the tournament, although sadly the home side are playing their matches at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent.

All three games kick off at 3pm and spectators are welcome to attend the matches for free – no advance tickets are required either. The dates of the matches are as follows:

  • Wednesday 28th August                Turkey v Italy
  • Friday 30th August                         Italy v Portugal
  • Sunday 1st September                   Portugal v Turkey

Who knows, you may get the chance to see the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Mario Balotelli in action!