Cambridge sports facilities

Cambridge sports facilities

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As the University and city continue to expand west, a dedicated Sports Quarter connecting ‘old’ and ‘new’ could play a crucial role in meeting the demand for University and community sports and leisure facilities.

The Sports Quarter 

West Cambridge is the realisation of the University’s plan to bring together its world-class science and technology expertise. It will be home to the new Cavendish Physics Laboratory and other state-of-the-art facilities for both academic research and collaboration with the University’s commercial partners.

The Sports Quarter will provide an important focal point for the University community and Cambridge residents. To support sport at a competitive high level and physical activity at all levels, we envisage further phases of development to include indoor tennis and padel courts, an indoor swimming pool, and additional space for court-based and combat sports.

We also want to address the desperate shortage of floodlit training and playing facilities that restricts the activities many for many of our sports clubs. We are working with the rugby and football clubs and exploring the feasibility of developing the ground at Grange Road to include an IRB/rugby compliant 3G pitch, additional changing rooms and pavilion space. This would enable a much greater level and diversity of sporting activity in a great location.

Provision of facilities that not only meet the needs of our students but increase our engagement with the wider Cambridge community is an important measure of success, ensuring year-round use of the University’s facilities and their sustainability, as well as supporting the University’s broader mission to contribute to society.

    Cambridge University Tennis Courts

    Philanthropic priorities  

    • Indoor Tennis and Padel facilities in West Cambridge
    • 3G pitch, pavilion enhancement & accessible viewing for football, rugby, lacrosse and other field sports at Grange Road
    • Additional indoor areas for combat and court-based sports and group exercise classes in West Cambridge
    • Indoor Swimming Pool in West Cambridge

     Achieving impact 

    We can measure success by tracking specific outcomes:

    • We can measure success by tracking specific outcomes:
    • The quality of facilities when benchmarked against other Russell Group and International Universities #
    • Participation levels in sport and physical activity across collegiate Cambridge 
    • Student, staff and community feedback on facilities, activities and services 

    Make a gift

    If you would like to donate to sports facilities at the University of Cambridge, we would be very pleased to discuss your philanthropic goals. Please get in touch by contacting our team:  

    Derek Wilson

    Senior Associate Director — Sports, Clubs and Societies

    +44 (0)1223 330015 or mobile: +44 (0)7710 376604

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