The college has an impressive range of sports facilities: sports pitches, sports hall, dance studio and a fitness suite with state of the art equipment, including VO2 max testing equipment.
The college also makes regular use of local leisure centres, the Amaechi Basketball Centre and international standard facilities around the city, such as Manchester Velodrome, National Squash and Tennis Centre and the Aquatics Centre. Team training sessions take place throughout the week so anyone can get involved. Some students involved in sports teams at Loreto are also studying sport at advanced level, other students get involved for the fun of it!
Loreto Elite Athletic Development
For the last 12 years Loreto has been renowned for developing very talented basketballers, many of whom have gone on to American Universities and eventually to play professional basketball. Loreto now attracts elite sports performers from a wide variety of disciplines including track and road cycling, wheelchair basketball, cricket, athletics, swimming, water polo, gymnastics and motor sports. These elite students have chosen Loreto because of the combination of outstanding academic results and the high levels of staff experience in supporting sports performers at this level. In response to the ever growing number of elite performers joining the college, Loreto has developed its LEAD programme.
This specialised curriculum of support has brought together a variety of national governing bodies to develop a programme which is unique to Loreto College. The programme looks at developing the sports performers outside of their everyday competition. Students receive a specialist curriculum focusing on areas such as nutrition, psychology, attitude and lifestyle support. Students are guided by expert lecturers, who have experience of working with organisations such as UK Athletics, The Football Premier League and England Basketball, amongst many others.
Former student Clovis Asong, who benefited from the support of the programme whilst at Loreto, said:
“The LEAD programme has really helped with my preseason preparation. As the number one UK 17-year-old 400 metre runner I had access to the best coaches and all the support from UK athletics. However the LEAD programme has opened my eyes to other areas to help improve my performance, including goal setting and the importance of mental imagery as part of my preparations for a race. The best part of the programme is that I share my own experience with other students from Loreto who are elite in their own sports.”
Loreto is recognised for its range of enrichment opportunities in Sport, Exercise and Fitness. Loreto offers all learners at the college opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sport and activities in outstanding facilities.
Basketball – Georgina studied PE, Psychology and Theology & Ethics at Loreto and was a member of the Women’s Basketball Academy. She has also represented England at under 18 level. Georgina has received a full scholarship to study at St Leo University in Florida to continue her basketball development.
Josh is studying Business Studies, ICT and Media Studies at Loreto. Josh is a Paralympic athlete who has competed at international level in long jump, 100m and 200m, including at the European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Josh has fixed his sights on competing in the World Paralympic Championships, to be held in London in 2017, where he hopes to represent Great Britain.
Princess is a former student of St Peter’s RC High School and studied BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, in which she received triple D* and A Level Psychology at Loreto. Princess is a top women’s basketball player and was a member of Loreto’s Basketball Academy. Princess recently represented Ireland at the U20s Women’s European Championships. Princess has been offered a place at Loughborough University to study Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Molly Van Essen
Volleyball – Molly is studying BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at Loreto. Molly represented the England junior volleyball team in the European Championships and NEVZA under 19’s competition this year. Molly also represented Great Britain as part of the volleyball squad at the FISAC (International Catholic Schools Federation) Games in Hungary.
Basketball – Hamad is studying BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at Loreto. Hamad has been chosen to represent the England under 18’s team and was a key member of the Men’s Basketball Academy who won the EB Under 18’s National Championship.
400m hurdles – Tameika is studying BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at Loreto. Tameika competes for England and is ranked 8th in the country at the event. Tameika took part in the World Youth Championships in Eugene last year and reached the final of the 400m hurdles.
Rounders – Chloe is studying BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at Loreto and participates in both rounders and football at an elite level. Chloe has been chosen to represent England Under 19’s at rounders and she is also a goalkeeper for Manchester City Under 18’s.
Gymnastics – Jade is studying AS Level Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology at Loreto. Jade competes for the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club and competed in the Leverkusen Cup for England this year. Jade was part of the England team who finished third and individually she came second in the Vault and Asymmetric Bars.
Water polo – Isobel is studying BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at Loreto. Isobel has represented Great Britain at water polo in a number of international competitions and will be attending the Junior World Championships in Mexico during the summer. Isobel is hoping to play professionally next year in France and progress to the GB national squad.
Basketball – Keani is studying BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at Loreto. This year Keani has represented the England under 18’s team in a number of competitions. Keani has been a key member of the Women’s Basketball Academies success this year.
Squash – Jessica is studying A-Level’s at Loreto. Jessica was chosen to represent England under 19’s at Squash in the Individual Championships in Helsinki this year. Jessica is currently ranked 4th in England and during her career she has won the North West Regional Championships at every age group.