New £5.3m Durham University sports centre opens its doors

Facilities include a multi-use, eight-court sports hall, a fitness suite featuring high-tech cardio-vascular and resistance machines, and a dedicated ergometer room with eight ergo rowing machines. There will also be multi-activity studios, including a spinning room and dance studio.

Outdoor facilities include a floodlit Astroturf pitch and a new boathouse on the River Tees to ensure that Durham maintains its seven-year reign as the leading rowing University in the UK.

The new Stockton sports centre was officially opened by Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University.

The opening was followed by a basketball match between Durham University and Northumbria University, two of the UK’s elite university basketball teams.

Supported by a team of highly-qualified fitness professionals, the centre will become home to the University’s teams in badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball, as well as allowing it to expand its community outreach work.

Local community groups will be able to use the facilities, and dedicated programmes will also be offered, such as gym sessions for ladies from the local Asian community.

Durham University’s Director of Sport, Dr Peter Warburton, said: "We are delighted with the new sports centre development at Queen’s Campus. Whilst providing excellent facilities for our staff and students it will also allow us to develop further our community partnerships for the benefit of the Teesside and Durham communities.

"Having this facility next door to the world class white water complex opposite the Campus on the River Tees makes this a particularly exciting development and helps us build upon the University’s already considerable success in sport."

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