Marjon's centre is a triumph
A MASSIVE new sports centre at UCP Marjon has officially opened to the public.
The £12 million building includes a state-of-the-art gym, a swimming pool, climbing wall, and a sports hall big enough to hold 12 badminton courts. There are also sports science labs and video analysis facilities.
GOOD SPORTS: Deputy Lady Mayoress Cllr Sally Bowie, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Coker and UCP Marjons principal Margaret Noble
The building was officially opened yesterday.
UCP Marjon principal Margaret Noble told the assembled dignitaries: "This new centre is a triumph not just for our staff and students but for the city that we as a college are proud to serve."
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Plymouth City Council has invested a total of £1.2 million in the swimming pool that is part of the centre, which will be open to the public for at least 50 hours a week.
Plymouth Argyle have been training at the sports centre and UCP Marjon is also forging links with Plymouth Raiders.
The university college's director of sport, Stan Cinnamond said the building was a "massive boost to the city".
He said: "The college has about 850 students on sports related degrees, so it's absolutely essential that we have the quality facilities for academic purposes."
But he added that they were also important in attracting all students and staff in the competitive university marketplace.
Mr Cinnamond added: "It's also good for the community, who have access to the centre.
"The public can come here, either through membership or using individual facilities and taking part in classes.
"With the development of the Life Centre, Plymouth is going to be a very fortunate city, with great provision for sports."