Alumni sports stars of the University of Nottingham have celebrated the official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.
Olympic table tennis champion Dr Deng Yaping and gold medal-winning canoeists, Dr Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE, were among the line-up of sporting legends who joined fellow alumni David Ross and UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl for the celebrations.
The £40 million sports village is a state-of-the-art facility on University Park campus. It includes an indoor fencing salle, dance and spin studios, an all-glass squash court, an outdoor full-sized 3G rubber crumb pitch, tennis courts and gym.
Elite athletes can access a High Performance Zone which has a 60m six-lane indoor sprint track, a bespoke cardio training area, all supported by specialist strength and conditioning staff.
The Sports Village was made possible by a significant commitment from Nottingham alumnus and Carphone Warehouse founder — David Ross, who studied law at the University.
He said: “I am delighted to be here standing in this fine facility today and I’m confident that it will inspire generations of Nottingham sportsmen and sportswomen, from sporting greats at whatever level, to the enthusiastic amateur.
“It gives us all great pride to see the range of young children here today and we all hope it will inspire them on their sporting journey. So it gives me great pleasure to announce the start of the Sir David Greenaway Sport Scholarships. A scheme with a focus on targeting, inviting and getting the best sporting talent to come here.”
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway said the centre was the fitting environment to engage students and staff, whatever their interests, and inspire the sports stars of the future.
He said: “I’m delighted to see so many of our alumni here today to help mark the official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.
“From David Ross’ generous donation, to the support of our Olympians, the scope and scale of alumni talent is clear.
“To be successful at anything takes drive, grit, determination and practice. Our alumni have been showcasing these attributes for many years and I have followed their achievements with pride, knowing Nottingham may have laid the foundations for some of their successes.
“Today we celebrate a physical foundation, a complex of sporting facilities to be proud of and one which will inspire the next generation of athletes.”
The Sports Village also boasts a brand new Sports Injury Clinic that is on-hand to provide treatments such as hydrotherapy, acupuncture, specialist physiotherapy and sports massages, to staff, students, and the local community.
The facility is open for public use too.