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Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

About the Centre


Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC) is our purpose built indoor facility on the main University campus. It offers an extensive programme consisting of Student Union (SU) Sports Clubs, instructor led classes and individual training. There are seven activity areas over four floors:


- Fitness Suite (Second Floor): Air Conditioned Fitness Suite comprising 60+ Cardiovascular Machines, 25+ Resistance Machines, Kinesis and Free Weights.
- Cardiozone (Fitness Suite, Second Floor): Boom Boom Shake the Room! Workout with the loud beats and flashing lights of the Cardiozone. Choose from 20+ Cardiovascular Machines for your Cardiozone experience.
- Sports Hall One and Two (Lower Ground Floor): With Bleacher Seating for 300 Spectators for Sports such as: Badminton, Basketball, Dodgeball, Fencing, 5-a-side Football, Futsal, Hockey, Tennis and Volleyball.

- Studio Red (Second Floor): Air Conditioned Studio for a variety of activities including: Dance, Iyengar Yoga, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Legs Bums and Tums, Spinning, Tai Chi, Table Tennis, Vinyasa Yoga and Yolates.

- Studio Blue (Second Floor): Air Conditioned Studio for a variety of activities including:  Bootcamps, Boxercise, Circuit, Kombat, Kung Fu, Pilates, Salsa, Step, Studio Weights, Tae Kwon Do and Zumba.

- Squash Court (Lower Ground Floor): Available for casual bookings or why not see how high you can climb on our STFSC Squash Ladder.

On the First floor you will also find a Spacious and comfortable Viewing area and Changing Rooms and the building has full disabled access.

There are over 25 Sports Clubs run by the Students’ Union. Many have block bookings at STFSC in term-time for training and matches. The Sports Clubs participate in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and have home and away fixtures.

Please note: All users must swipe their Uclan ID card to gain access to STFSC. If you forget your card a £1 fee is payable.


Additional Facilities

The University outdoor sport facilities can be found at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) which is located just 2 miles away. Local facilities are hired to provide sports not available on the main campus e.g Canoeing, Climbing, Golf, Horse Riding, Tennis, Trampolining and Windsurfing.

There are two 25m swimming pools in Preston located within 3 miles of the campus. They are in Fullwood Leisure Centre and West View Leisure Centre.



For general information please contact us at:

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre reception:
External tel: (01772) 895400
Internal tel: 5400




Sir Tom Finney

In Memoriam:

Sir Tom Finney

The staff and student community at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today offered its condolences and thoughts to the family, friends and relatives of Sir Tom Finney, one of Preston’s most admired sons.

As a revered footballing talent across the world, the University recognised Sir Tom’s achievements through the award of an Honorary Fellowship in 1988. For many years he was a great supporter of the University, regularly attending graduation ceremonies and official engagements as an ambassador of UCLan. In 2012 the University was immensely proud when Sir Tom accepted its proposal to name its new sports centre in his honour.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “On behalf of the staff and student community here at the University I would like to add my sincere condolences to Sir Tom’s family at this sad time.

“There was no one more fitting than Sir Tom to inspire our students and his loss is felt deeply by all of us.”

“As the relatively new Vice-Chancellor at UCLan it is with great regret that I didn’t have the chance to meet him in person.

“From talking to colleagues across the University I know Sir Tom was a true inspiration to our students and a real believer of our ethos to enable people from all walks of life to achieve their full potential, just as he did.

“He was a great footballer and an inspirational man, renowned for his integrity, humility and dignity. There was no one more fitting than Sir Tom to inspire our students and his loss is felt deeply by all of us.”

Sir Tom Finney played 433 league games for Preston scoring 187 goals. For all but two of the seasons he played at Deepdale when Preston were in the first division. In addition Finney played 76 times for England and scored 30 goals. he was a genuine two-footed player, packing an explosive shot in either his right or his left. He had speed, balance, was a pin-point passer and, for a man of no great height, could head with awesome power. Whilst his ability was great, many will remember him for his gentlemanly conduct on the pitch which ensured he never received a booking throughout his entire career.

Sir Tom Finney is Preston's most famous sporting son. He is a football legend and strong supporter of the City of Preston. As an honorary fellow of the University, we are proud and delighted to name this fabulous facility after him. Sir Tom says:

“I am delighted to have the building named after me and to help put Preston and UCLan on the sporting map. Sport plays a key role in the whole student experience and many will benefit from these fantastic new facilities."


Olympic Athletes

In the weeks leading up to the Olympics, UCLan was officially named as a training camp for athletes from 15 Pacific countries in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The athletes from Fiji, Guam, Samoa and Tuvalu competed in athletics, archery, judo, mountain biking, swimming and wrestling at the Games.



Asenati Eliki - 100m Sprint (Tuvalu)

Tavavele Noah - 200m Sprint (Tuvalu)

Sisilia Nasiga Rasokisoki - Judo (Fiji)


Table Tennis

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre was also a Pre-Olympic

training base for USA and Australia's Table Tennis teams.

Watch Australia's William Henzel experience at STFSC here.

The Australian Performance Director Jens Lang, said he was most impressed with the facilities at UCLan, and I'm sure they would consider another opportunity to visit us here again.

Australia then went on to having a competitive Table Tennis game against Great Britain which was played at the Guild Hall in Preston.

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