Our new, state-of-the-art sports centre sits on the corner of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road, and will be a gateway to the University for students, staff and our local community when its doors open soon.
The £55 million centre will encompass an array of facilities, including Birmingham’s first 50m swimming pool, a large multi-sports arena, six glass-backed squash courts, a 10m climbing wall and five activity studios. The gym, which will have almost 200 pieces of equipment and open training space, has been named 'Chrissie's Gym' after alumna and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Chrissie Wellington OBE, who won a public vote to be honoured in this way.
The centre will underline the University of Birmingham’s commitment to sport at all levels. This pioneering new club will provide unrivalled opportunities for everyone from beginner to elite athletes, supported by a world-class team of trainers and sports experts. It will be a home for our many sports clubs, allowing them to train and compete at the highest level, as well as having access to the University’s Hi Performance Centre which will specialise in rehabilitation from injury and illness. It will also have one of the most extensive and advanced centres in part to the quality and range of equipment, and supporting expertise. UBSport consistently finishes in the top three of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league where our sport teams compete with over 165 UK institutions.
In addition to student sports clubs, it will cater for thousands of community and alumni members, as well as more casual pay as you go users, community teams and groups. Sport & Fitness will offer a wide range of programmes including a choice of up to 200 fitness and sports classes and an extensive learn to swim programme for all ages. It will be an important centre for community health and well-being, and substantial effort has been made to ensure all facilities are as accessible as possible for those with disabilities, injuries or other specific access requirements.
Find out more about Sport & Fitness here.