Go-ahead for new sports centre at University of Hull
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Planning permission has been granted for a new sports centre
for students and the community, at the University of Hull.
The centre is part of an investment of close
to £16-million in sporting facilities, already underway, which
includes the creation of a Football Hub, funded in part with a
£500,000 donation from the Premier League & The FA Facilities
The sports centre will house 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 versatile space will be used for a
multitude of sports, including Basketball, Badminton, Futsal and
Volleyball, among others.
The facility, being built adjacent to the current sports hall,
will also house a strength and conditioning suite plus enhanced
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
Steve Curtis, Partnership and Project Manager (Sport), at the
University of Hull, said:
This is absolutely fantastic news. We pride ourselves
in our sporting offer and this investment is transforming our
existing facilities for the next generation of students and the
region’s community. The new sports hall will be fitted with some of
the best equipment, offering some of the finest facilities for our
students and community to use.
Already work is well under way on refurbishing our
artificial pitches and construction of a new pavilion began before
Christmas. Our sports teams are already benefiting from these
superior quality facilities.
We want our students to have the very best experience
whilst here at Hull and the money we are investing in these
facilities will enhance that experience.
We are looking forward to our students enjoying sport
and fitness activities in the top quality facilities we are
Already the investment has seen resurfacing of
all the artificial pitches, which include a sand-based hockey pitch
and two 3G football pitches. A new 3G pitch which is football and
rugby compliant is currently under construction.
A pavilion including classrooms, physiotherapy
and changing facilities is also underway.
Matt Bramall, Vice-President for Sport at Hull University Union,
I am absolutely delighted with today’s decision. It’s
fantastic news that demonstrates an ambitious pursuit towards
sporting excellence at the University of Hull.
By bringing the facilities up to speed, as well as
building new pitches, we will be able to immensely improve the
sport and active recreation we offer. Personally I feel sport is up
there as one of the unique selling points of this university.
Students have worked closely with the University to shape the new
sports development and to see it coming to fruition is
We have more than 50 sporting teams representing the
University. This investment is a commitment to supporting their
development and a step towards realising our vision for a top-level
The new facilities will boost the quality and size of facilities
on offer at the University to meet a rising level of demand among
students, as well as offer high-quality sporting provision for
visiting teams and the wider community.
The University’s sports facilities receive around 2,000 visits a
week, including from the local community, youth sports clubs and
regional and national amateur and professional sports teams.
The University of Hull has a strong link with
local sporting clubs, including being the official Training Partner
of Hull City Tigers and the main shirt sponsor for Hull Kingston
Rovers’ home shirt.
The University will also host 24 first round
matches in the Allam British Open later this month, welcoming some
of the world’s top squash players onto court.
The PSA World Series Tournament, dubbed the
‘Wimbledon of Squash’, is the oldest and one of the world’s most