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UCLan students benefit from free sports facilities

29 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

All Preston campus students eligible for free membership

All students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are now eligible to use the campus’ sports facilities for free in a bid to boost health and well-being.

The initiative means that students are given free access to the new Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC), UCLan Sports Arena and activities delivered by University sports staff including exercise classes and fitness suite instruction.

This was initially offered to first year students but has been extended to include all students studying on the Preston campus incorporating foundation, bursary, international, postgraduate, part-time and those on short courses.

UCLan already has 11,000 members signed up to use the STFSC and UCLan Sports Arena’s facilities which is 30% more than the whole of last year. Membership to STFSC has tripled since the centre first opened in September 2011.

"Over 80% of students have joined already and it’s great to see so many participating in physical activity. It helps students stay healthy, make friends and de-stress from the studies"

The manager of STFSC Martin Baines said: “This is a fantastic initiative for UCLan and quite unique in higher education. Most sports facilities are increasing their prices but we want to invest in the health and well-being of our students.

“Over 80% of students have joined already and it’s great to see so many participating in physical activity. It helps students stay healthy, make friends and de-stress from the studies as well as learning new activities or competing in sport representing UCLan. We aim to have the healthiest campus in the country.”

Both UCLan Sports Arena and the STFSC were used by elite athletes in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Arena also played host to the Ireland and Fiji rugby league teams during the Rugby League World Cup 2013 and the STFSC has hosted several international table tennis competitions.