Loughborough helping to create People’s Record

July 27, 2009
Library Centenary Open Day stands

People’s Record Project Stand

Loughborough University Library is one of only two academic libraries to take part in the People’s Record, an archival strand of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s (MLA) ‘Setting the Pace’ programme which marks the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The University Library helped collate the stories of the University’s students and staff, as well as the wider local community in an attempt to capture the ‘Olympic’ mood.  Further details of Loughborough’s involvement in the People’s Record project is available at PODIUM, the Further and Higher Education Unit for the 2012 Games.

If you are interested in discovering more about pople’s atitude towards sport and the Olympics why not do a keyword search on SportsDiscus and Nexis UK.


Cricket at Loughborough

July 7, 2009




‘On Wednesday an interesting game was played in Mr Tyler’s meadow, near the railway, between eleven of the Loughborough’s Gentlemen’s Club, and the Borough-hill Club.   At the close of the game, which was played first-rate, the number of runs stood as follows:  Loughborough 192, Borough Hill 92, majority, 100.‘  The Era (London, England), Sunday, August 13, 1843; Issue 255

Loughborough has a long cricket history.  Tyler’s meadow is believed to be a ground  near Allsops Lane, where Loughborough played an annual match against the All England Eleven and the United England Eleven from 1856 – 1871.

Loughborough has had, over time, up to 12 cricket grounds, such as the Park Road ground which was first used in 1913, and the College Ground, where Leicestershire came to play Galmorgan in 1929.  The first ever County Cricket match between Leicester and Nottingham was played in Loughborough in 1781, although the location of this early pitch is unknown.

Loughborough University Library has over 200 books on cricket, ranging from historic works such as W.G. Grace’s Cricket, published in 1891 and housed in the Special Collections alongside books on cricket by Douglas Jardine, C.B. Fry, Walter Hammond, Pelham Warner, Neville Cardus and Donald Bradman,  to modern coaching and training manuals.

You can also  find out more about cricket via sports databases available on through MetaLib, such as SPORTDiscus which can be searched for full-text articles on physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training etc.

If you would like to find out more about modern cricket at Loughborough, please see the links below.

Loughborough UCCE (University Cricket Centre of Excellence)

National Cricket Performance Centre

Loughborough School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Loughborough School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough Outwoods Cricket Club

Loughborough Greenfields Cricket Club 

Loughborough Carillon Cricket Club

Loughborough Town Cricket Club

SPORTDiscus with full text

June 8, 2009



Loughborough University Library now subscribes to SPORTDiscus with full text.

SPORTDiscus with full text is the most comprehensive, bibliographic database covering sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training, sport administration, officiating, sport law & legislation, college & university sport, disabled persons, facility design & management, intramural & school sport, doping, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport & exercise psychology, recreation, leisure studies, tourism, allied health, occupational health & therapy, public health and more.

For off-campus access either login to MetaLib via the Remote Working Portal or access the database with your Athens username and password. If you do not have your Athens username and password please contact Ask a Librarian.

Sport at Loughborough

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS).

One hundred years of Education and Innovation

May 19, 2009


Loughborough University


Centenary exhibition charts history of education and innovation in Loughborough

An exhibition charting the development of Loughborough University and its predecessor colleges is due to open at Charnwood Museum later this month.

Entitled ‘One hundred years of Education and Innovation’, the exhibition will run from 16 May to 5 July at Charnwood Museum in Granby Street in Loughborough town centre.  Produced in conjunction with the Friends of Charnwood Museum, it chronicles the University’s origins from Loughborough Technical Institute through to the leading university of today.

Alongside the historical exhibition there will be a display of the University’s world-renowned research in sports technology, including the science behind the rugby shirts, footballs and trainers used by sports men and women today.

There will also be a mini exhibition on Dr Herbert Schofield, Principal of Loughborough Technical Institute, subsequently Loughborough College, for 35 years.

The exhibition at Charnwood Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm, and on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.  Admission is free.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Loughborough University, please see our Centenary website.

Beijing 2008 and beyond…

August 7, 2008
Loughborough University - Beijing 2008 Logo

Tomorrow, in what will no doubt be an extravagant ceremony, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will open. There are a lot of websites out there with information about the Games, the key ones being ‘The Official website of the Olympic Movement‘, and the ‘Official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games‘. The BBC has its own website, which includes a blog and commentary from its presenters and journalists. Loughborough University also its own webpages and blog to follow its 55 athletes (students past and present, as well as University based) at the Olympics and Paralympics.  It will be easy to catch up on who has won which event and how Team GB are doing.

The Olympics are much more than sport, however.  Did you know about the development and renovation of the Chinese water cube pool? Do you know what ‘image’ young Americans have of China – both as a tourist destination and as the host of the Games? How are the Games going to effect China economically? By searching some of our many databases in Metalib, such as  SPORTdiscus, you can find all this information and much more, such as ‘Environmental issues’, ‘The economic effects of the Games’ and ‘The drug wars’.

So, as we have a team competing in this event (unlike Euro 2008!) there are plenty of ways you can keep up-to-date with how many medals we have won during the event itself, or take a look at the Games from a more ‘academic’ perspective over many years to come.

From plimsolls to the latest tennis shoe

June 27, 2008

 Tennis shoes

Summer time. Wimbledon….

The humble tennis shoe has come a long way since the early plimsolls of the 19th Century. The plimsoll takes its name from Samuel Plimsoll, Liberal MP for Derby and coal merchant – famously known as the mariner’s safety campaigner, whose tireless campaign brought white plimsoll lines to be painted on ships, introduced in 1876, to indicate safe loading limits for shipping. 

Rubber soled shoes have been made since the early 1800s by companies such as the Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe Company in America and the New Liverpool Rubber Company in Liverpool, with the development of vulcanized rubber.  By 1884 both men and women were competing at Wimbledon, wearing  rubber-soled sports shoes.

The early 20th century saw the development of the modern sports shoe. Adolf “Adi” Dassler, a baker from Herzogenaurach, Germany, and whose father had been a cobbler, developed spiked sports shoes during the 1920s. Dassler’s sports equipment company later become known as Adidas, created the first shoe especially designed for tennis in 1931. Dassler’s brother Rudi later founded Puma in 1948.

Today, the design of modern sport shoes involves knowledge of the biomechanics of sport, breathable smart textiles and materials, designs that give the wearer good support and protection.  The University Library offers a broad range of information resource for sports and exercise science, product design and material science.

Sport and exercise science resources can be found on MetaLib  and the library currently subscribes to over 40 sport and exercise science e-journals such as Journal of Sport and Exercise Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise .   You may like to use SPORTDiscus to find sport equipment related articles [access using your Athens username and password].

Information on sports equipment design and materials can also be found using MetaLib . The Library currenly subscribes to over 240 material science related journals such as the Textile Research Journal, Polymer Engineering and Science   and Wear.  [Many databases and e-journals on MetaLib are athens hosted].

Other useful links:

History of Tennis



Espacenet (patents)



Tennis shoe history