£5 million sports development in Oadby

Posted by pt91 at Oct 07, 2011 12:35 PM |
University of Leicester holds ground-breaking ceremony
£5 million sports development in Oadby

Officials present for the groundbreaking ceremony,

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 7 October 2011

Work on a new £5 million fitness facility being developed at the University of Leicester will be officially launched with a ground-breaking ceremony in the presence of staff, students and community representatives.

The University of Leicester is investing in its sports facilities at Manor Road Sports Ground in Oadby by developing a 25m pool, Sauna & Steam Rooms, Spa Pool, 600m2 gym and aerobics studio and quality changing rooms.

The new facilities will join the University’s existing sports hall and aerobics studio with a glass connecting corridor. Part of the development will replace a 200m2 gym and men’s outdoor changing facilities, built around 50 years ago.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess will perform the turf-turning on Monday 10 October at 4.30pm.

He said:  “I am delighted that the University is able to invest in improving its sports and fitness provision at Oadby.  This will meet the significant demand from staff, students and members of the local community for these new facilities, especially the swimming pool.  I also hope that the new facilities will enable our students to compete at a higher level in national competitions.”

The new facilities will increase the choice and availability of sports and fitness provision at the University for staff, students and the local community. The site’s current facilities comprise a Sports Hall and Activity Room, Running Track, full sized sand-filled floodlit all-weather pitch, floodlit 3G five-a-side pitch, floodlit rugby pitch, 9 tennis courts (3 floodlit), a soccer pitch and other green grass areas.

Colin Hide, Director of Sport at the University of Leicester said:

“Swimming and personal training – going to the gym – are two of the top three student sports activities. This development adds both and significantly improves the sporting provision at the University by adding the activities the students want at the place where they want them – close to the Halls of Residence.

“Higher Education is a competitive environment and as a top UK university we must continually improve our student offer to attract the best students and given them the best experience when they are with us. This will ensure the success of the University, the City of Leicester and Oadby.

“This development will add a pool and larger gym to our existing sporting provision. It will be the first time the University has had a pool. Going to the gym and swimming are both very popular student activities so we are responding to a real need within our student community.

“The facility will be open to current students and staff of the University along with past graduates and associates of the University. Of course, it will be open to nearby residents, who we hope will become members and take advantage of this fabulous facility in their locality.

“The work is due to be completed by September 2012  and will also provide 100 off-street parking places.”

Local community user Nigel Dadge said: I have been a user of the University Manor Road Sports Centre for many years and was delighted to hear of their recent successful building application. The foot print of the covered facilities has only slightly increased but the layout has now resulted in a major improvement in access and parking on site. This development will now hopefully improve the safety of Manor Road and appears to have taken account the importance of maintaining the general 'parkland' environment in what is a largely residential area of Oadby.

"The upgraded and enhanced facilities now being built should enable more university students and local residents to attend the centre to improve their physical health and sporting prowess in a wider range of activities and in a modern and 'state of the art' Sports Centre."

Fénian Druí Ó Dughaén, Student Activities Officer, said: “Access to, and promotion of, quality sports facilities are key to the maintenance and promotion of healthy living, whilst also enabling students to engage in a safe positive social atmosphere. To that end, the redevelopment of Manor Road’s sports facilities will substantially increase the facilities available; making the University, as a whole, more desirable to present and future students alike, allowing for a range of social and athletic and competitive engagement. The Students’ Union fully supports this new and exciting development.”

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