Surrey Sports Park announces 19 April 2010 opening date
20 January 2010
Surrey Sports Park has announced the opening date of its highly anticipated world-class sports facility. The University of Surrey owned multi-million pound sports complex will open its doors in Guildford on Monday 19 April, 2010.
The Surrey Sports Park has already been registered as a suitable training venue for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, and will be one of the country’s premier training, sporting and recreational facilities.
Surrey Sports Park, Chief Executive, Jason Harborow, said, “We are delighted to announce the opening date for the Surrey Sports Park as 19 April, 2010. I truly believe the day will be a defining date for sport, not just in Surrey, but in the UK and further afield.
“The official opening is the culmination of years of effort and investment by the University of Surrey, and we are close to realising a world-class sporting vision. We can’t wait to get started, and I personally invite you all to join us in a true celebration of sport in April.”
More details of an official grand opening ceremony are set to be announced, with Surrey Sports Park’s star cast of sporting ambassadors including Alec Stewart, Mark Foster, and Gail Emms expected to help launch the state-of-the-art sports centre.
Prior to the opening date, Surrey Sports Park has already secured a number of major sporting events and team partnerships, including Co-operative Netball Superleague franchise, Surrey Storm, British Basketball League team, Guildford Heat and regionally renowned Guildford City Swimming Club.
The Sports Park’s debut year will also see it host its first major international event after just a couple of months, with the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC) scheduled to take place in August and September of this year.
Membership packages are now on sale for Surrey’s flagship sports park, with exclusive, VIP ‘500 Club’ founder memberships available to the first 500 members at a reduced rate.
For further details or to book a visit to the Surrey Sports Park marketing suite, contact the Membership Team on 01483 689112 or visit www.surreysportspark.co.uk
Media enquiries: Peter La, Press Office at the University of Surrey, Tel: 01483 689191 or E-mail: email@example.com
Notes to Editors
About Surrey Sports Park
The Surrey Sports Park is due to open early in 2010 and will house some of the most up to date sports facilities in the country. As well as the swimming pool facilities, there will be glass backed squash courts with 2 show courts for 180 spectators, eight outdoor floodlit tennis courts, two new floodlit artificial grass pitches including one 3rd generation, a 120 station health and fitness suite and a 12m high Climbing Centre with unique bouldering facility. The 250 seat Starbucks Coffee House will be the first Starbucks in Europe to be housed within a multi-sports facility.
Not only will the Surrey Sports Park facilitate able bodied sporting excellence, it will also provide first rate facilities and access for disabled athletes and selection as an official training venue for the Paralympic Games in 2012 has emphasised its top rate provision for disability sport. For more information visit www.surreysportspark.co.uk
About the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.
The Sunday Times names Surrey as ‘The University for Jobs' which underlines the university’s growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.
Surrey is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.