Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel to open at Loughborough University in 2018


Loughborough University has announced a dedicated Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel – a sports hotel that promotes rest, relaxation and the pursuit of excellence.

Set in the heart of Loughborough University’s sports facilities, this high-performance facility offers 20 specially designed altitude rooms, eight dedicated accessible bedrooms, a nutrition lounge, a café and athletes’ relaxation area, and seminar space for 30.

Packages will include access to the UK’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff, and the UK’s largest concentration of high-quality sports training facilities.

Loughborough University’s executive director of sport, John Steele, commented, “The Elite Athlete Centre is an outstanding addition to Loughborough’s already excellent sporting heritage and combines with existing facilities to provide a truly world-class venue for high performance athletes and teams.”

The altitude rooms are designed to prepare athletes’ bodies for competition by improving their oxygen-carrying ability as well as maximum oxygen take-up. In additional to the eight designated wheelchair accessible rooms, all of the EAC’s 36 other bedrooms can be converted to accessible rooms.

The Nutritional Lounge and café will provide hospitality services with health, wellbeing and training in mind. Quiet Zones and Passive Zones will provide areas to relax or take part in activities such as yoga and pilates, while the Active Zone will include a climbing and bouldering wall. The flexible and scalable seminar space for up to 30 athletes can be expanded into the Nutritional Lounge, providing opportunities for larger events.

The EAC will open in Autumn 2018. Of the EAC’s £7m (US$9.3m) build cost, £1m (US$1.3m) has been funded by Sport England as part of UK Sport’s £200m (US$265m) masterplan to host a decade of the finest sporting events in the international calendar, starting in 2020.

October 17, 2017

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