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Cutting-edge Sport Facilities

Sport is our business

Our sporting facilities received investment in 2012 with the construction of a sports dome over our existing tennis courts to provide an all-weather, multi-sport facility and therefore increasing the amount of time students can use the area. In addition to this, the running track has been installed on the top sports field behind the ZeeBar.

World-class facilities

Our world-class sporting facilities have been enhanced since 2012 as a result of a £2m investment.  The first turf was cut in April 2012 in preparation for a new running track on the north side of our Bishop Otter campus and the phased construction of the track has now been completed. The first phase saw the construction of an eight-lane 100 metre straight and a section for long, triple and high jump athletes. Improvement work has also taken place to an adjacent pavilion, which can now be used in conjunction with the track.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Clive Behagg said:  “The running track is just one part of the upgrading of our sports facilities at the university in 2012, supporting our strategy that shows sport is our business. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games in our home country too, this is a great year to be establishing a running track.”

All weather facility for elite athletes

At the same time, we constructed a multi-use sports dome to house three netball courts or four tennis courts and provide an all-weather facility to support teaching of our sports courses, particularly students studying PE and Sports Coaching. Both facilities were completed in time for the start of the new academic year in September 2012.

Outdoor laboratory for students and staff

The two projects form the first phase of a sports strategy that cement our position as a leading institution of choice for elite athletes, including current Olympic and Paralympic athletes and future competitors. Our students will also benefit from the improvements, giving them a working environment that will prepare them for their future employment in sport working as mentors, coaches, therapists and scientists who support those athletes.

Dr Mike Lauder, Head of Sport and Exercise Sciences, said: “This section of running track will be a fantastic training and performance facility for staff and students. It will also act as an outdoor laboratory for our students and team of experts, where we can carry out sport-specific testing and analysis on campus to a level we have not been able to do before.”

The running track has been constructed  by Mondo, the same firm that laid the track and other surfaces for facilities at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.