CitySport shortlisted as a “building that inspires”
The University’s sports centre has been shortlisted for a 2016 Guardian University Award
City University London’s sports centre, CitySport, has been included on the shortlist for the 2016 Guardian University Awards. The sports centre has been named in the Buildings that Inspire category along with two other universities. This category aims to recognise a capital project that has positively enhanced the student or staff experience on campus.
CitySport is the largest student sports facility in central London and was opened in 2015 by Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Dani King. The top-of-the-range facilities incorporate a county standard sports hall with space for spectators, a state of the art gym and studios for dance, wellbeing and sports, including an indoor cycling studio with a unique virtual video cycling experience.
CitySport has also allowed the University to engage more with the local community. More than 1,000 local people have registered to use the facilities and a local youth basketball league has been hosted there, aided by student volunteers. Other local clubs to benefit include badminton and cycling and nearby primary and secondary schools. For local children, many of whom are from groups under-represented in higher education, visits to CitySport will provide the chance to experience University life.
I am delighted that CitySport has been shortlisted as an inspiring building in the 2016 Guardian University Awards. Since we opened the doors back in 2015, we have seen thousands of students, staff and people from the local community come together to enjoy sport in our state of the art centre.