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Future sports stars put through paces at Loughborough's National Talent Camp

Some of Britain's brightest sporting prospects will 'learn what it takes to become Olympic and Paralympic champions' Photo: PA

90 youngsters will attend a training camp at Loughborough University where they will learn 'what it takes to become Olympic and Paralympic champions'.

The National Talent Camp will offer England's most talented teenagers an insight into the commitment required to become successful in their sport.

Athens 2004 gold medallist Darren Campbell will be mentoring them and sharing his experiences as a professional athlete.

Like me, many of these athletes will face some hard challenges and some will doubt their ability to achieve their dream. However, if they are committed, work hard and realise the sacrifices they will have to make in order to perform at the highest level, they will be on the right road to sporting success.

– Darren Campbell, double Olympic medallist
Darren Campbell (second right) was part of Team GB's 2004 4x100m gold medal winning team Credit: PA

Seven sports will be represented in the four day event.

  • Rugby union
  • Cycling
  • Canoeing
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Wheelchair basketball

A number of guest speakers will attend including England's rugby union coaching team, sports psychologist Robbie Anderson and the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Bonita Norris.

The theme of the camp is Nanjing, China, and the athletes will be fed meals based from the region including duck blood soup.