"Outstanding students at one of the world's best universities deserve to have outstanding sporting facilities to enhance their study-life balance and promote the best possible conditions for future health, by ingraining the habit of regular exercise. Of course, elite athletes will also benefit hugely too. I wish we had had such opportunities while I was studying and working at the University."Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the Institute for Geotechnical Engineering at the ETH Zurich; President, British Triathlon Federation; Vice President, International Triathlon Union; Honorary President, Cambridge Triathlon Club.International triathlete (including 3x individual, 5x team European Champion); rower; and Blue or Half Blue in six sports (lacrosse, tennis, cross country, squash, swimming, athletics/track and field); BUCS (BUSF) level cycling.
Sports Centre team member
"Cambridge has, for more than a century, enjoyed a global reputation for the success of its world-class athletes and teams. For even longer, the University has encouraged and fostered sporting participation. However, by comparison with many of its peer institutions, the facilities behind this excellence have not borne close inspection. The establishment of this new Sports Centre stands testament to the fact that the University values the provision of world-class sporting facilities as fundamental to achieving its core objectives; and it will undoubtedly contribute to further and greater success for our athletes, teams and the University as a whole."Founder & CEO, Piper Pritchard; Director, British Olympic Association; Chairman, Right to Play; Director, Cambridge Alumni Board; two-time Olympian; Olympic and World Silver Medallist (rowing); Cambridge University Boat Club; Hawks' Club (Chairman).
"The Cambridge Sports Centre will be a focal resource for the University community, providing opportunities for all undergraduates, graduates, members of staff and their families to access and enjoy the most up-to-date exercise and sporting facilities. The Centre's fully integrated facilities and services will offer comprehensive healthrelated lifestyle support, providing the essential balance necessary for a healthy and progressive world-class university."
"Enthusiasm for and participation in sport contributes greatly to the richness of academic life at Cambridge. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that healthy bodies yield healthy minds. Athletes also acquire time- and project-management skills which not only enhance their academic achievements but are much sought after in the everincreasingly competitive job market.From College Cuppers competitions to Varsity Matches, watching and participating in sport binds the Cambridge community together and helps it reach out to the world. The camaraderie shared amongst teammates and the honour of representing the University are treasures that will last forever. The Cambridge Sports Centre will make a lasting impact on all aspects of life in Cambridge and beyond."
"This is a key project for the University. Through its impact on the individual, sport helps the University achieve its mission of pursuing education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence. Exercise promotes health, well-being, leadership and teamwork and complements the rigorous academic work in our lecture theatres, laboratories and libraries. Our sports facilities should, therefore, mirror our world-leading academic facilities.The Sports Centre will cater both to the individual - from the recreational novice to the international athlete - and to groups including College and University Clubs and teams. Its environmentally friendly and sustainable design will be of a standard befitting Cambridge, and its prominent position on the West Cambridge campus – the University's science and technology hub – will make the campus a beacon for our athletic, academic and social life. This state-of-the-art design marks the start of a new era for Cambridge sport. With the help of our alumni and friends, the project will make a truly deep and lasting impact on the University community."