New sports village announced

30th October 2014

The new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David Ross

The University of Nottingham has announced it is to build a new £40 million sports village on University Park campus.

The village will be a redevelopment of the current sports centre, which will triple in size, and will include an all-glass squash show court, an indoor sprint track, and a sports hall with seating.

Speaking to URN, Students’ Union Sports Officer Kiri Madhani described the project as “fantastic news for the university and fantastic news for the students”.

Construction is expected to start in February 2015 and conclude in June 2016. A temporary facility will be erected on Nightingale Field next to the current sports centre.

Kiri Madhani admitted that there would be a “rocky patch” while the University is in between facilities, but said she was working with sports clubs presidents to minimise any negative impact.

The Sports Officer also told URN it would not be possible to incorporate all clubs currently operating in the University Park sports centre into the temporary set-up, meaning clubs such as basketball will move to Jubilee campus.

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The news was discussed on Thursday’s URN Sport with Sam Barker, James Perkins, Calum Scotland and Chris Brown. Chris said the new facility should be “a major boost to the University”. Calum believed it could lead to Nottingham topping Loughborough in BUCS within five years.

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