Transformed sports centre opens its doors

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Westminster Sports Centre reopens after 500,000 pound refurbishment.

Oxford Brookes’ Westminster Sports Centre has undergone a major refurbishment and showcased its new facilities to the local community at a grand reopening on Wednesday 28 November.

More than £500,000 has been invested in the project as part of the University’s continuing plans to improve its estate and build for the future.

The whole centre has been opened up to create a light and airy modern space for both the wider community and students.

There is a new reception, cafe area and brand new fitness studio plus all the changing rooms have undergone a total refurbishment.

Head for Sports Development, Coaching and Management at Oxford Brookes, Jenny Gray, said: ‘We’re delighted with the improvements that will not only enhance our teaching programmes but really benefit the local community.

‘Indeed, one of the key aims of the project has been to open up the centre to as many people as possible so they can enjoy a full range of sporting activities.

‘The refurbished centre has excellent facilities that we can really be proud of and we plan to develop our links with the wider community further. The outdoor grounds that include football, rugby, cricket pitches and a 9–hole golf course are already used extensively by local schools and organisations.’

The relaunch of the centre also marks the start of the next exciting phase of development for Sports and Coaching programmes at Brookes with the introduction of new modules including sports development and management.

The modules will involve work placements at the vibrant centre so that students can get hands on management and marketing experience as part of their degree course. Currently, there are 240 students enrolled on the successful and popular degree programme.