With your support, we will build a major new Sports Centre that reflects Birmingham's status as one of the top three universities for sport in the UK. It will be a Sports Centre for the University and the wider community, promoting health and well-being, encouraging high-performance, and developing our next generation of Olympic heroes.
Zena Wooldridge, Director of Sport "Birmingham is a city with a proud sporting heritage and sport plays a huge part in the life of our campus. The new Sports Centre will provide fitting facilities for the a top-three ranked sporting University."
The proposed new Sports Centre will include a 50m swimming pool, the only one in the city. It will include sports halls and training areas that will be used by regional amateur sports clubs and local schools, as well as our staff and students. It will be a facility that will benefit our University and the local community; together we can get more people more active, more often.
Sport is not just about fierce competition; over 300 of our sports students volunteer in the community working with local schools. The University of Birmingham also has a long tradition of welcoming individuals and groups from the local community to use University sports facilities. The new Sports Centre will enable us to engage with even more people throughout Birmingham and beyond.
Help us to train our inspired generation...
Here at Birmingham, we have helped to nurture Olympians and Paralympians, past and present. 1500m runner Hannah England (BSc Biochemistry, 2009), 2012 Paralympian gold medalist, rower Pamela Relph MBE (BSc Physics,2011), hockey player James Fair and 1500m runner Dean Miller (BA Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences, 2011) are all former students of the University of Birmingham. Our new Performance Sport Unit will support aspiring and talented athletes in the University, enabling students to pursue sporting excellence alongside their studies.
Robert Moyle (BSc Civil Engineering, 1973), donor: "I am passionate about sport and its contribution to society. The purpose of my donation, therefore, is to assist the University in the provision of a first class facility. This will ensure that the University maintains its pre-eminent ranking, whilst also providing a significant benefit to the local community"
Give online today or to discuss how you can support the new Sports Centre, contact Laura Fairbanks [+44(0)121 414 8894].
To see photos of how the Sports Centre will look when completed, please click here.
What the new Sports Centre will contain...
A 50m x 17m swimming pool with up to 240 spectactor seats
A triple sports hall, to accomodate major national sporting events
A hybrid gym to accommodate activities such as fencing, table tennis, martial arts, circuit training and fitness classes
Squash courts; indoor climbing wall; dance studios; gym and fitness suite
A Wellbeing and High Performance research centre
About Sport at Birmingham...
The University is an established leader for university sports, both in terms of research and performance. We are consistently ranked in the top three of 140 institutions in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Table. We have a proud record of producing sporting heroes, from world-record holding triathlete Chrissie Wellington MBE (BSc Geography, 1998) to 2012 Olympian Hannah England (BSc Biochemistry, 2009) and 2012 Paralympian gold medalist Pamela Relph MBE (BSc Physics, 2011). The new Sports Centre will be the training ground for our sporting heroes of the future.