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University awarded half a million pounds for football hub

10th January

The University of Hull has been awarded £500,000 by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to help create a new football hub as part of a £15 million investment in the University’s sports facilities, currently underway.

Football on new all weather pitch

Within the investment, a £1.8 million footballing facility is being created, including a changing room pavilion and third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) with the aim of creating a football hub for the University, as well as the city of Hull and the East Riding.

The new pavilion will include changing facilities, as well as classrooms and a physiotherapy room. It will be built on the pitches off Inglemire Lane, to the north of the campus.

The £500,000 investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will be split between the new changing pavilion facilities and the 3G AGP.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

Congratulations should go to the University of Hull for working with the East Riding FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant.
Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 195 grants worth £9.8m across East Riding towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £44.3m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.

Steve Curtis, Partnership and Project Manager (Sport) at the University of Hull, said:

We place a huge emphasis on sport here at the University of Hull and as such are investing millions of pounds in enhancing facilities for not just students, but for the wider community. We are hugely grateful to the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund for this substantial amount, which will go towards creating some fantastic football facilities.

In additional to the £500k from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, the University of Hull has also been awarded £20k from The Football Association (The FA) toward the Football Hub project.

Sports Students on new All Weather Pitch

This funding has been used to create a Football Development Officer to help implement the University’s Football Development Plan. The plan has been designed to improve the football experience for University Community, provide more flexible playing opportunities and ultimately increase local participation in football.

Last year the University became the official training partner of Hull City Tigers, offering the chance to make long-lasting links between the club and the University.

This season, the University of Hull’s branding appears on the Tigers’ first team training and bench wear along with the naming rights to the training ground in Cottingham. The University is also benefitting from its branding appearing during in-game LED advertising and on media backdrop boards at the KCOM Stadium.

The £15-million investment in sports facilities at the University got underway in September 2016.

The multi-million pound investment will see the University’s sports facilities refurbished to a high standard, including a 12-court sports hall, strength and conditioning suite and 120-station fitness suite, among other facilities.

Phase one of the project includes refurbishment to all three artificial pitches at the sports ground north of Inglemire Lane, as well as the 3G pitch.

Construction of the sports pavilion began before Christmas.

In June 2017, work will start on a 12-court sports facility, including international-standard netball courts and bleacher-style seating for 700 spectators. The aim is to make the University the regional hub for netball.

The facility, being built adjacent to the current sports hall, will house a strength and conditioning suite plus enhanced changing facilities.

The existing sports hall, which is to become a listed building, will be refurbished to a high standard. It is being turned into a 120-station fitness suite with state-of-the-art equipment and free weights. There will also be a dance studio which can also host fitness classes.

The new facilities are one of a number of ways the University is committed to offering students a fantastic sporting offer.

The University also runs a Talented Athlete Programme (TAP) which supports elite athletes as they combine academic and sporting excellence during their time at University.

Athletes are provided with a tailored package of core services such as strength & conditioning, rehab and sport experience support, to make sure our elite student athletes are able to compete at the highest level whilst studying.  

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