When it comes to brand new sports facilities, there’s not been quite this much buzz since work was started on the London Olympic Park! Okay we exaggerate slightly, but it’s true that the massive £15m investment in sports at the University of Hull has got students, staff and the local community excited about future sporting opportunities on campus. Let’s take a look what’s coming and how work is coming along.

£500,000 Awarded for New Football Hub

The University of Hull has been awarded £500,000 from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund to support the development of a new football hub for members of the University and local community.

The award will boost the £1.8m footballing facility being created, which includes a sports pavilion with changing facilities, classrooms, physiotherapy room and third generation (3) artificial grass pitch (AGP).

The Football Association (The FA) has also awarded an additional £20k towards the football hub project, which has been used to create a Football Development Officer, who will help implement the University’s Football Development Plan. The role aims to improve the football experience for the University Community, provide more flexible playing opportunities and ultimately increase local participation in football.

Read more about the football funding at www.hull.ac.uk.

Sports Pavilion

Contractors have commenced the preparatory work for the brand new sports pavilion, which will be sited adjacent to the newly refurbished sports pitches on Inglemire Lane.

The siting of the new Pavilion will alleviate the need for users and visitors to walk to and from the Sport & Fitness Centre on the other side of the road.

Sports Pavilion Work Begins
Piling work of the Sports Pavilion
Ground work of the sports pavilion
Ground work of the sports pavilion

Rugby Pitch

Despite some pretty bad weather, even including a sprinkling of snow, work is continuing well with the ground works for the brand new rugby pitch.

In the past week the Contractors have had the existing drainage inspected and cut the first drains, work which was temporarily delayed due to wet conditions. One more drain has now been installed down the centre of the field which has started to alleviate most of the pooling water.

Trail-hole being dug identifying an existing drain and its route
Trail-hole being dug identifying an existing drain and its route

Further work will now start on the main field drain which leads to the pump house. And an extra row of security barriers has been placed in front of the existing fencing which adjoins the full-size football pitch and the 60×40 pitch.

During the next week, and subject to the weather, the contractors plan to continue with drainage/ground works​ on the new pitch.  ​A further update will be posted, as soon as we have one!

Also in progress as part of £15m investment in sports facilities:-

  • 12-court sports hall, including an international standard netball court with 700 capacity bleacher seating
  • Strength and conditioning suite
  • Existing sports hall to be transformed into a 120-station fitness suite
Indicative design of sports hall
Indicative design of sports hall