Million pound makeover sees LSBU fitness hub go from strength to strength
21 July 2014
LSBU's commitment to the local community of Southwark has been further enhanced by the opening of its revamped Sport Centre.
The London Borough of Southwark generously invested
£300,000 to help make the development a reality and meet its aim to improve
public access to educational sports facilities. Southwark Council's Cllr Peter
John officially opened the new premises, which includes a brand new external
entrance on one of the busiest corners of the campus for LSBU's students and
Following the redevelopment, the Sports Centre has more
activity space and room for top-class indoor sports and exercise facilities to
help improve members' health and overall level of fitness.
The redevelopment has the backing of Sport England who
support facility improvements that increase participation and help people
create a sporting habit for life. The improvements to LSBU sports facilities
will make the centre more accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages in
the community as well as students and staff at LSBU.
LSBU Sports Centre offers gym facilities such as sophisticated cardio equipment and a dedicated free weights room - complete with a Smith
machine, Olympic Bars and Kettle bells – in addition to fully air-conditioned
dance and spin studios.
The centre also provides therapy services, personal training
programmes and a large multipurpose Sports Hall for badminton, basketball,
indoor football, netball, volleyball and martial arts. A range of junior programmes
including school holiday sports camps, summer camps and after-school sports will
also help local children remain active.
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council said: "I am delighted to be opening the
new LSBU leisure centre. Our £300,000 investment into its development, through
a 106 agreement, has given our residents greater access to this service to
support their fitness and wellbeing and the facility complements our own, brand
new leisure centre at Elephant and Castle, which is set to open next year.
Council is committed to delivering more initiatives for improving health within
the borough and I hope many people across the community will be encouraged to
take up exercise more regularly for generations to come through this fantastic
Andy Powlesland, Director of the Academy of Sport, said: "The
development of a separate external entrance to the University Sports Centre and
the internal space reconfiguration will benefit students, staff and the local
community in equal measure.
"The development has created more activity space which
then supports a more diverse sporting and exercise offer for our
customers. The Sports Centre is now extremely visible on one of the
busiest corners of the campus, and this raised awareness will lead to greater
participation. It allows for extended opening hours, and supports Sport
England's strategy to open up educationally based sports halls to the