Birmingham's Sport & Fitness
Sport & Fitness, the magnificent new £55 million University of Birmingham sports club, is now almost complete with the final finishing touches currently taking place. Due to open in Autumn 2016, it will be a game-changer for the University, transforming the experience for students, staff and the local community.
The facility will be a new gateway to the University, connecting the city of Birmingham to the heart of the historic University campus and filling a gap in the city’s provision of sporting facilities for the community.
Occupying a plot larger than two full-size football pitches on the corner of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road, Sport & Fitness will feature a range of world-class facilities, including Birmingham’s first 50 metre pool (convertible to two 25 metre pools), a gym with 200 stations, a new Performance Centre, large and small multi-sport halls, six squash courts and five activity studios.
Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport, says: 'It’s difficult to identify one particular aspect of the project as most exciting, because it was designed to be so multi-faceted. It’s not just its location, or the range and quality of amenities; it’s the breadth of programmes and users that will benefit. From mums and toddlers learn-to-swim, to the 80 and 90 year-olds keeping active - there are few facilities that target such a wide profile of users.
'Sport & Fitness will play an important role in raising performance standards in the University, city and region, and in attracting more high performance student-athletes. We currently have around 40 students competing internationally. I’m excited at what we can help future students achieve by combining our outstanding expertise and reputation for sports education with these world-class facilities.
'One of our goals is for at least one of our students or alumni to achieve gold in the 2020 Olympics, so we can have our very own gold postbox on campus. Imagine the inspiration and encouragement that will be for other students to go on to succeed!
'Thank you so much to alumni and friends of the University who have donated to help make this exciting development possible.'