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 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.