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Sports Park nears completion Sports Park

Toby Crewes

Marketing and Communications Officer for the Sports Office 2012 has been a successful year for the University of Exeter. The Queen visited in May to mark the opening of the £48m Forum Project on Streatham Campus and the institution was recently named The Sunday Times University of the Year. It is therefore fitting, that in such an important year a number of new facilities are now open for general use at the University of Exeter Sports Park on Streatham Campus. The opening marks the completion of Stage One of an £8million Sports redevelopment plan designed to enrich the experience of students no matter what their previous experience or ability.

Stage One has seen the University’s Olympic standard water-based hockey pitch resurfaced and a new rubber crumb multi-use games area made available for general use. The biggest change, however, has seen the six outdoor tennis/netball courts covered. The addition of a large, tensile structure over the courts will provide optimum playing conditions all year round and makes Exeter Tennis Centre one of the largest in the country now boasting four indoor, six covered and two outdoor courts.

“A number of new facilities are now open for general use at the University of Exeter Sports Park on Streatham

These developments have arrived on the back of a wave of sporting achievements for the University this year. A number of University of Exeter alumni and current students took part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games this summer, with Sarah Thomas (Exercise and Sports Science, 2010) coming home with a bronze medal in Women’s Hockey, the first GB medal in that sport for twenty years. The University also finished a fantastic seventh in the British Universities and Colleges sport rankings for 2011 / 2012, which saw 161 institutions from around the UK compete against each other in over 50 different disciplines. Director of Sport, Phil Attwell, commented. “We are absolutely delighted with the work that has been carried out over the summer. Last year was a great year for Sport at the Uni-

versity of Exeter and we have every intention of continuing this success. We want all University of Exeter students to enjoy the benefits that Sport has to offer, whether they are an absolute beginner or one of our Sports Scholars. The University of Exeter boasts some of the best sports facilities in the UK and we must continue to develop in order to deliver excellence in sport, for everyone.”

“New additions are open to students of all abilities and can be booked causally, outside of club times” Stage Two of the development, which is set to be fully complete by September 2013, will bring a new 200 -station gym, changing space, exercise

studio and reception area to the Sports Park. The construction of a new eight team changing pavilion by the hockey pitch is also expected to be finished by December. This new facility will provide teams with a place to change without having to share with opponents, as well as toilet and shower facilities for all Sports Park users. As with all of the facilities at the Sports Park, these new additions are open to students of all abilities and can be booked casually, outside of club times. All facilities (excluding the gym) are open to non-members, though membership allows discounts on activities and bookings. Regular updates and pictures of the Sports Park development will be available on the Sports Office website visit www.exeter.ac.uk/sport or University of ExeterSport on Facebook. For bookings call 01392 724452.

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