Permanent closure of the squash court and martial arts room

From Monday 19 June 2023, our squash court and matted martial arts room will no longer be bookable for members as these areas are due to be converted into new facilities.

We have seen a significant decline in the usage of both areas in recent years, and so we have made the difficult decision to close these areas and convert them into new, specialist rooms to strengthen our partnership with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

These areas within the Sports Centre have been identified as being suitable for conversion, and the new facilities will include an Acclimation Chamber and Strength and Conditioning suite:

  • Acclimation chamber: An acclimation chamber is used to prepare athletes for events in high heat and humidity, both of which can be changed within the acclimation chamber to help the athlete adapt to the adverse effects of heat on performance.
  • Strength and conditioning suite: Specialist equipment will be available to students within the school to work more closely with athletes on key areas of their performance. By providing this new facility, we will be reducing the need for blocking out areas of our specialist weight training area, ‘The Pit’, for students within the School.

We are working hard to identify alternative local squash facilities for our members. If you would like to be kept up to date about the progress of this, please complete our squash form and we will be in touch as soon as we have more information.

We thank you for your understanding.

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