Stars of world squash will be at the University of Hull as the iconic Allam British Open begins today (Monday, May 20).
The tournament – dubbed the Wimbledon of squash - will be held entirely at the University for the first time.
The start of the tournament coincides with the University honouring Dr Assem Allam by naming its new sports buildings after him.
Dr Allam, a long-time supporter of the University of Hull, has made a significant donation towards the new sports facilities, as well as towards the University’s Talented Athlete Programme, which supports student athletes to combine academic and sporting excellence during their time at University.
The sports centre will be renamed the Allam Sport Centre in recognition of his continued support.
Dr Assem Allam said: “I am proud that the University is now able to attract international competitions with its new world-class facilities. Through sport, the University is engaging a huge community – locally, nationally and internationally. It brings together school pupils and local clubs, student athletes, as well as overseas competitors, their families and trainers.”
The talented athlete programme – which includes nine elite squash players – provides sports scholarships to students who compete to an elite level in their chosen sport. The programme offers a range of support including financial, gym membership, strength and conditioning training, rehabilitation, yoga, flexibility and mindfulness, personal development mentoring and nutrition advice.