June 1999

No 106

Visitors are set to be bowled over by a new 750,000 sports pavilion and sports ground being unveiled by the University of Leicester.

The state-of-the-art facilities at Stoughton Road, Oadby, add to the University's extensive sports and fitness provision in Manor Road, Oadby as well as on campus in Leicester.

A ceremony to mark the inauguration of the ground will take place on Thursday June 24. This will be performed by Mr Peter Wheeler, chief executive of Leicester Football Club (Leicester Tigers). Mr Wheeler is an honorary graduate of the University.

The grounds comprise:

  • two cricket squares
  • three artificial all-weather wickets
  • 10 pitches (six for football, three for rugby and one for lacrosse)
  • pavilion

    The 750,000 Pavilion was designed by the Douglas Smith Stimson Partnership and built by local firm JH Hallam Ltd.

    "The pavilion provides superb facilities to support the new pitches. It has a tea room, kitchens and a main foyer and reception area," said Colin Hide, sports and recreation manager.

    "There are six changing rooms equipped with showers. Our community partners for the summer season are Old Westonians Cricket Club who use the grounds for their home venue.

    "Sports and recreation is an important part of the developmental programme for students and staff at Leicester University. For students in particular, health and fitness routines and involvement in sport provides them with interests that can stay with them for a lifetime.

    "Leicester University provides considerable opportunities for staff and students to engage in sports activities, and there is an active Sports Association in the Students' Union."

    The pitches are used throughout the year by students and staff for inter-university matches. On the evening of the 24th, before the inauguration ceremony, teams competing in the finals of the Gilmore Lee cricket competition will bid for the annual trophy.

    Extensive landscaping has been undertaken to enhance the site, including the planting of nearly 1,000 trees and 400 metres of new hedge. The new ground at Stoughton Road complements that in Manor Road which comprises nine tennis courts, athletics track, floodlit sand filled all-weather pitch as well as grounds for other sports.

    In addition, Leicester University has two sports halls, weights room, activity studio and squash courts. There are two health and fitness clubs featuring the very latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment.

    NB The final of the Gilmore Lee Cricket competition will start at 6pm and will conclude at about 8pm after which the presentation of the trophy and official presentation will take place on Thursday 24 June at the University of Leicester Sports Ground, Stoughton Road, Oadby.

    For further information please contact Colin Hide on 0116 271 9144.

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