University of Surrey opens new £1.8 million sports pitches
The University of Surrey has opened a new terrace of grass sports pitches at Surrey Sports Park after 18 months of development.
The new terrace represents a £1.8 million investment in sports facilities for University of Surrey students and local community teams, featuring one eleven-a-side football pitch and two rugby pitches.
Alongside students and local teams, the pitches will also be used by the RFU Women Sevens squad – who are based at the Park – and play host to Italy and Ireland during their England 2015 Rugby World Cup training camps this autumn.
The development of world-class grass sports surfaces includes a fully computerised irrigation system, which can be run remotely via an iPhone or iPad app.
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “We have made significant investments in recent years to ensure that our campus and sporting facilities are of a world-class standard.
“As well as for our students, Surrey Sports Park is open for local residents to enjoy. With a new terrace of sports pitches, I hope to see many more members of the community making use of our state-of-the-art facilities.”