In April 2000 UCLan Sports Arena (formerly Preston Sports Arena) was opened by HRH the Princess Royal. Sport is one of UCLan’s key areas for development and the outstanding Sports Arena has a significant role in improving sport for students. UCLan Sports Arena is also available for the wider Preston community, who benefit from the excellent opportunities open to them at the City’s premier multi-sports venue.
The £12 million Arena provides facilities for athletics, rugby league, rugby union, football, hockey, netball, tennis and cycling. There are also seven floodlit training grids, a 19 station fitness suite and an indoor room for activities, theory sessions and fitness training.
UCLan Sports Arena have teamed up with the School of Sport & Wellbeing, to provide additional sports coaching qualifications available to all UCLan Students at subsidised cost. UCLan is committed to providing students with the opportunity to further enhance their academic learning with National Governing body qualifications to enrich their emerging CV and employability. Year 1 Sports Coaching / Development students get some of these courses included as part of their course so book early to avoid disappointment.
Student Strength & Conditioning Sessions
The Arena has a fully equipped Strength & Conditioning room with Keiser pneumatic machines, Olympic weight lifting equipment and free weights. Students are able to use this facility FREE of charge but MUST complete an induction to safely use this specialised equipment. Sessions are run every Wednesday in term time with qualified instructors on hand for any advice you may require. For more information please visit the Student section of our website.
UCLan Sports Arena have worked with internal partners to allocate funding to provide transport for students enabling then to access to the University’s outdoor sports facilities. The shuttle bus runs Monday-Saturdays each week picking students up from outside the Student’s Union and taking them the short journey to UCLan Sports Arena. For details of times please refer to the UCLan Sports Arena Shuttle Bus Timetable.