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Loughborough MCC University (previously known as Loughborough University Centre of Cricketing Excellence) is a cricket coaching centre based at Loughborough University in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, and the name under which the university's cricket team plays.
The former Loughborough University Centre of Cricketing Excellence played 27 first-class matches from 2001 to 2009. As Loughborough Marylebone Cricket Club University, the team has played fourteen first-class matches from 2010 to 2015.
The coaching centre is largely funded by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It is also the location of England's National Cricket Academy and is frequently used by the England team as a training base.
Loughborough MCCU are one of six MCCU teams in Britain, and are considered first-class when playing against other first-class sides. This means that a game against another university would not be considered first class; one against a county side which holds first-class status would. The cricket coaching was overseen by assistant coach and former Test opening bowler Graham Dilley being Loughborough’s head coach, until his death in 2011, in charge of the technical programme. He was assisted by coaching support which has recently included Nottinghamshire’s Paul Johnson (batting) and Chris Read (wicket-keeping). Dilley was assisted by: a director of cricket for development monitoring and academic mentoring; a fitness advisor experienced with both county clubs and ECB; a sports psychologist; a physiotherapist working with the squad on physical screening, injury prevention regimes and remedial treatment; and a range of additional generic sports science and sports medicine back-up on the Loughborough campus.
Since obtaining first-class status in 2003, the university has produced a large number of cricketers who have obtained professional county contracts, while others such as Monty Panesar have gone on to play international cricket.
On-campus facilities include:
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