A new £3.5-million football hub has been officially opened at the University of Hull.
The facility was opened by Hull City Tigers ambassador Dean Windass, as well as boxer Tommy Coyle, during an afternoon of celebrations, including a KickZ session with the Tigers Trust, Zorb Balls, beat the keeper, a target shoot-out and more.
The Football Hub wasmade possible, in part, by a £500,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
It is part of a £16-million enhancement of sports facilities at the University.
The new hub includes a purpose-built pavilion on the sports field off Inglemire Lane, which includes eight team changing rooms, two officials’ changing rooms, two seminar rooms, spectator toilets and a physiotherapy room.
As well as the pavilion, the grant helped to replace one of the University’s grass pitches, which was prone to water-logging, with a new 3G artificial grass pitch (AGP).
Work also included the refurbishment of the University’s other artificial grass pitches, a fully refurbished multi-use games area, improved access and car parking.
It is expected overall participation in sport at the site will increase by 69 per cent, following the investment and the number of teams using the University’s facilities will increase from 74 to 93.