11 Loughborough cricketers awarded central contracts

Eleven current and former Loughborough students have been awarded central contracts by the England and Wales Cricket board for 2016-17.

Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield and Fran Wilson are amongst the 19 ladies on the central contract list.

Fran Wilson is the only addition to the 18 women who formed the first group to be given central contracts in 2014. Fran graduated from Loughborough University on Monday with a Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

Fran made her international debut in 2010 yet has not represented England since 2011. Clare Connor, the ECB Director of women’s cricket said:

She thoroughly deserves to be awarded a central contract. She scored significant runs throughout the summer and has been a dedicated member of the England women’s performance squad during the past 18 months.

With new coach, Mark Robinson, the England Women will be up against South Africa in February 2016, with three one-day internationals followed by three T20 Internationals.

England will also take part in the 2016 World Twenty20 in India, overseas tours to the West Indies and Sri Lanka and a home series against Pakistan.

For more on this announcement, visit the England and Wales Women's Cricket website.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.