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16 December 2009 | PR 09/175

Loughborough University takes possession of SportPark

Baggaley project manager Mark Greasby hands over the key to Loughborough director of facilities Andrew Burgess. Also pictured are: Site manager Stuart Adams, Loughborough's Martin Channel, Tim Bacon and Tim Garfield.

This week Loughborough University has officially taken possession of SportPark, a bespoke sports administration hub which provides the gateway to the Loughborough Science and Enterprise Park. 

The £15m landmark building at the west entrance of the University campus will be home to sports organisations including British Swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association, Volleyball England, the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association, UK Sport and the Youth Sports Trust, with more organisations set to sign up in the new year.

Employees will move in as early as January 2010 and will work side-by-side in an innovative environment that encourages partnership working, shared best practice and collaboration.

As well as working more closely together, these sports bodies will be able to access expertise and knowledge from across the University campus including the world-renowned School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and SportPark’s close neighbours the Sports Technology Institute.

Developed by Loughborough University, and part-funded by emda, Sport England, Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council, SportPark is designed to support sports organisations as they strive to raise their game in achieving excellence across performance and participation within sport.

SportPark will become a key national hub for sports development and a centre for sharing, innovation and creative working.

And staff will benefit too. Not only can they access University sports facilities, fitness classes and healthy living expertise, but some of the latest active lifestyle facilities and hi tech gadgetry has been incorporated into the design of SportPark and its parkland surroundings, giving employees the opportunity to reach their own fitness goals and to lead the nation by example.  

Loughborough University deputy director of sport (operations) Tim Garfield has acted as project manager for the SportPark development and welcomes this important step in the project’s development.

 “We are delighted to officially take possession of SportPark,” he said. “Today marks the culmination of a huge amount of preparation work, not only in terms of construction of the building, but also the extensive consultation with our sport partners.

“Together we aim to create an atmosphere and ambition that will further cement our relationships for the shared aim of driving sport in the UK forward towards Olympic success in 2012 and getting the nation fitter and healthier through promoting sport and physical activity.”

SportPark has been designed and built by Baggaley Construction who officially got the work underway following a sod cutting ceremony last October.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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