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9 November 2010 | PR 10/171

European Citizen of Honour award for Loughborough lecturer

Loughborough University lecturer, Dr Borja García, has been recognised with a ‘European Citizen of Honour Award’ for 2010.

Dr García, based at the University’s Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, is to be presented with the award today (9 November) by the think-tank Sport et Citoyennetéin the ‘academics’ category.

He was recognised by more than a hundred sport experts and journalists from across Europe as being the person who best demonstrated through his academic work that sport is a factor of reinforcing European citizenship.

The award ceremony will be part of the Sport and European Citizenship conference, held in the Committee of the Regions, Brussels, on 9th November 2010.

Dr García joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in January 2009 as a lecturer in sport management, following the successful completion of his PhD thesis ‘the European Union and the governance of football: a game of levels and agendas’.

Dr García teaches mainly in the areas of sports policy and governance. His research interests focus on the development of European Union sports policy.

He is currently engaged in research commissioned by the European Parliament to assess the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the future of European Union sports policy. Dr García is also one of the founding members of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union.

Speaking of his award Dr García said:

‘I am really honoured to see my work recognised by such a prestigious institution alongside prominent Europeans such as Jacques Delors and Enrique Sanchez-Guijo Acevedo. I am convinced sport can help in achieving the dream of an ever closer union among the people of Europe and I am happy that my research can contribute to it.
“Also for me, the really important aspect of the awards is the inclusion of the ‘scientific’ category. I am pleased to see the recognition to the contribution that we, as academics, try to do with our teaching and our research.”

The European Citizen of Honour awards has been established by Sport et Citoyenneté(Sport and Citizenship) toreward prominent personalities of sport in Europe. It is the first time the awards have been presented.

Sport et Citoyenneté is the first European think tank in the field of sport. It is a forum for new thinking and lobbying which aims as putting forward the core values of sport in society, in the realm of politics, economics and media issues.

Laurent Thieule, President of Sport et Citoyenneté said:

“We are very glad to reward Borja with this first ‘European Citizen of Honour Award’ that has been created within the framework of the Europe for Citizens programme by the European Commission. For many years Borja has been conducting works of public interest that highlight the key role of sport in Europe.”

Alongside Dr García, other winners of this year’s European Citizens of Honour awards are Paralympic athletics Champion and former President of the European Paralympic Committee, Enrique Sanchez-Guijo Acevedo (Sportsperson category), Europe en Sport (Association category), and the former European Commission President, Jacques Delors, and UEFA President, Michel Platini (Institutional category).

Further information about the awards will be on the Sport et Citoyenneté website at:
http://www.sportetcitoyennete.org/version3/page_anglais.php

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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