New Sports Centre opens at Polo Farm

05 November 2015

A brand new 4 million pounds Sports Centre providing high quality sporting and teaching facilities has opened at Polo Farm Sports Ground in Canterbury.

Former international hockey players Sean Kerly MBE, who won gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and Mel Clewlow, who won silver at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and competed in the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics, officially opened the Sports Centre, which formalised a Partnership between Polo Farm and Canterbury Christ Church University.

The development was funded jointly by the two organisations, which saw Canterbury Christ Church and Polo Farm Sports Ground invest £2m each.

Students studying a range of sport courses, including the University’s Sport Scholars, now have access to the Sports Centre facilities, which include an Olympic-sized indoor hockey pitch, three multi-use rooms, two water based hockey pitches, one sand based Astroturf pitch, two cricket pitches, indoor cricket nets and two tennis courts, one indoor and one outdoor.

Paul Carney, Director of Sport at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This latest development between the University and Polo Farm signifies the start of a long term commitment to working together to improve the sport and physical activity opportunities for the University community, Polo Farm Sports Centre members, the City of Canterbury and the surrounding areas.

“We have a large number of students who will benefit hugely from these excellent new facilities, stretching to Primary and Secondary Physical Education students. The student experience will be significantly enhanced, especially for those specialising in cricket, hockey, netball, tennis and football, providing networking opportunities with local and national sports clubs.”

Gus Oates, Chairman of Polo Farm, said: “This new partnership will enable access to the highest quality sport facilities for everybody learning, participating or spectating sport. This new Centre is the first, of hopefully, many partnership projects that will benefit the University’s staff and students and the residents of Canterbury.”

As well as enhanced facilities for sport students, the Centre gives staff and students across the University further opportunities to participate in a range of sporting activities through the Christ Church Sport campaigns or during their personal time.Noemi Vadaszy is a second year Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology student and a Sports Scholar specialising in tennis at Christ Church.

Noemi said: “Having a new Sports Centre at Polo Farm will certainly improve our University sport, especially now we are taking some of our lectures and practical lessons there.

“Students who are keen on partaking in ‘on the field’ sport will have an amazing opportunity to do so at this new facility, making use of the new indoor hockey, tennis and cricket pitches. We also now have the chance to introduce more disability sport to students as the new pavilion is built to be usable for everyone.

“As a tennis player, I train at Polo Farm regularly and I am grateful to have access to the amount of sports facilities that are available. I hope with our new Sports Centre, our sport will continue to increase to higher levels.”

Notes to Editor

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