New £31m Strathclyde Sport building opens its doors

Student and Scottish Thistles netball player Niamh McCall; Principal &Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Jim McDonald; Netball Scotland CEO, Claire Nelson; Head of Sport, Neil Brown: Sports Union President, Alex Brock and  student and Scottish Thistles player Bethan Goodwin in one of the new sports halls.

The University of Strathclyde’s new £31m sports centre has opened its doors for the new academic year.

Strathclyde Sport brings state-of-the-art training, fitness and wellbeing facilities to the heart of the University’s campus and enhances the quality of the Strathclyde student experience.

It has already attracted a long-term partnership agreement with the national netball governing body, Netball Scotland, which will see the facility become a regular training and event venue for the Scottish Thistles team.

The agreement with Netball Scotland underlines the University’s commitment to developing sport in Scotland at national and grassroots levels.

Fantastic addition

The building is part of a wider £750m investment in Strathclyde’s estate and will support health and wellbeing for the entire university as well as the local community.

The new Centre was built by Graham Construction with the support of major donors, including: Moffat Charitable Trust, Robert Barr’s Charitable Trust, Dr Jack Dunlop, Gordon Presly, the Peter Harrison Foundation, the Estate of Thomas Edgar and the University of Strathclyde Alumni Fund.

The Centre also has extended opening hours, an expanded fitness class programme and additional support for the student athletes in the High Performance Sport Programme.

Facilities include:

  • A gym with 180-plus pieces of state-of-the-art fitness kit
  • More than 50 fitness classes per week
  • a six-lane 25m swimming pool, with sauna and steam room
  • two four-court multi-use sports halls,
  • two squash courts,
  • sports hall bookable for racquet sports, basketball, football and more,
  • dance studio, and
  • specialist health facilities, including four consultation and treatment rooms.

The Centre also offers lifestyle consultations for people looking for advice on how to become more active and provides health assessments, nutrition consultations and fitness classes for individuals recovering from illness or injury, older people or pregnant women.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “The new Strathclyde Sport facility is a fantastic addition to the campus and will play a massive part in supporting the fitness, health and wellbeing of our staff and students.

“We are hugely grateful for the generous donations from our alumni which made the construction of this building possible. We are committed to investing in our campus and the experience of our students and staff, as well as playing our full part in supporting the local community and city.”

World class

Neil Brown, Head of Sport, said: “Strathclyde Sport will provide the platform to dramatically change the way the University delivers sport and physical activity to staff, students and the local community. 

“The innovative and industry-leading technology on offer will revolutionise the way Strathclyde Sport engages and supports members taking part in activity in ways no other gym in Glasgow currently offers.

“We also are really looking forward to welcoming the University Sport Clubs in to their new home and being at the centre of the creation of the Performance Pathway for Netball Scotland alongside providing a truly world class training environment for Scotland’s elite Netball athletes.  

“The innovative partnership will allow Strathclyde Sport to realise its strategic ambitions of working with key partners to evolve and grow services that impact on its four identified themes: Performance, Wellbeing, Education and Participation.”

Alex Brock, President of the Sports Union and Vice-President for Sports & Wellbeing at StrathUnion, said: “The opening of the new Strathclyde Sport facility is a brilliant addition to the delivery of sport and recreational opportunities.

It is a very exciting time to be a student at Strathclyde as it is clear that student experience and wellbeing is at the heart of key decisions made at the university.

"I am looking forward to the collaborative and innovative initiatives that are happening at Strathclyde to benefit the students, staff and local community.”

Claire Nelson, chief executive officer of Netball Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to finally announce our exciting new three-year partnership with the University of Strathclyde.

“Through this partnership we will be able to access, and utilise, industry-leading academic research, technology, innovation and state-of-the-art facilities in order to enhance and accelerate the development of our sport and our athletes.

“By bringing together the expertise and ambition of both the University and the Governing Body, we hope to create a pioneering new approach to the advancement of women’s professional sport in Scotland.”

The new centre also features flexible and practical teaching space to support students on sports courses as well as providing opportunities to researchers working on physical health studies and will allow Strathclyde Sports Union’s more than 50-associated sports clubs to train and compete within the University.

Membership of Strathclyde Sport is £141 a year for students, £24 per month for staff, £32 per month for alumni and corporate membership, £38 per month for the public and £27 per month for concessions.

Other active estate investments on the university campus include a new £60m Learning & Teaching Centre, a £20m CHP District Heating System and an £15m refurbishment of the Wolfson Building.

Visit the Strathclyde Sport website for more information or to join or book classes.