Dame Katherine opens new university sporting facility

Olympic rowing gold-medallist Dame Katherine Grainger has officially opened the University of Strathclyde’s new sports centre.

The £31 million facility features a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, dance studio, gym, sports halls, squash courts and specialist health facilities, including four consultation and treatment rooms.

Great Britain’s most-decorated female Olympian was given a tour of the training, fitness and wellbeing facilities at the heart of the campus.

Dame Katherine said: “As someone who took up rowing while at university I know the benefits of having sports facilities like this available on campus.

“The facilities at Strathclyde are first-rate and it is great to see the university place an emphasis, not just on supporting student teams, grassroots sports and performance athletes, but also on providing health, wellbeing and fitness for the whole university community and wider public.”

The Strathclyde Sport building is part of a wider £950m investment in the university’s estate through to 2022.

It will support health and wellbeing for the entire university as well as the local community.

The centre, which runs more than 50 fitness classes per week, also offers lifestyle and nutrition consultations, health assessments and fitness classes for older people and individuals recovering from illness or injury.

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