|29 November 2002||
Paula Radcliffe opens
Beckwith Centre for Sport
Paula Radcliffe MBE is to open the
Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport at Loughborough University on Tuesday
3 December at 12.30 pm.
The new Centre for Sport brings together
under one roof a wide range of key sporting organisations, enabling them
to work together to further the development of sport in this country.
The realisation of the £3 million
Centre for Sport is due in no small part to the generosity of Sir John
Beckwith, a businessman dedicated to improving sporting opportunities
for young people and who, in 1994, set up the Youth Sport Trust, with
the vision of providing all young people with a quality introduction to
A reception will take place on the
new premises at 12.00 noon on 3 December followed by the official proceedings
at 12.30 pm. The Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, Professor
David Wallace CBE, FRS, will invite Paula to unveil a plaque.
The Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport
is already attracting experts from a range of sports disciplines. Housing
the University Sports Development Centre and School of Sport and Exercise
Sciences, together with the Youth Sport Trust, it will host visiting international
sport professionals and academics and serve as a hub for sports research,
training and development.
It will encourage communication between
professional sportspeople and bring together the existing expertise of
Loughboroughs world renowned sports science and sports medicine
facilities, sports governing bodies and sports management organisations.
The Centre will have an emphasis on developing opportunities for young
people through sport.
It could not be more appropriate
to have Paula marking this event for us today, says Professor David
Wallace. Not only is she a graduate from this University and an
active Patron of the Youth Sport Trust, but she represents the qualities
of a remarkable sportsperson a first class student, an elite athlete
and a role model for others.
I am very pleased to see this
project come to fruition, says Sir John. It started as a dream
and it is most satisfying to see it completed and up and running today.
Sport is an excellent vehicle for young people whatever their level of
ability. It develops confidence and self-esteem and the values that make
them responsible members of the community. There are also many talented
young sportspeople in the UK who I hope will be able to reap the benefits
of this new Centre. It has been my wish throughout to develop talent and
provide a framework which will allow them to compete and thrive among
the best in the world.
Chelsea-based architects Hamilton Associates designed the new building, which incorporates a triple height reception area and a lecture theatre to accommodate a busy international conference agenda.
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