Lift off for �20m sports centre in the Royals

UEL to welcome USA Olympic team in 2012

WORK today began on a �20m ’super’ sports centre at UEL’s Docklands Campus.

It will open in 2012 in time to host Team USA as its main training base for their Olympic athletes.

State-of-the-art facilities will include a gym and fitness suite, large indoor arena, ten badmington courts, two competition basketball courts and five-a-side football pitches. It will also boast covered seating for 400 people.

More than a thousand sports men and women, coaches, scientists, medical and support staff are expected to use the centre.


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After the Games local sports clubs and communities are likely to use the centre.

David Cosford, the university’s Sport Director, said: “it is exciting to see work commence. When it opens it will put us at the forefront of sport in Higher Education and serve as a flagship facility for both the university and local community.”

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