Alumni sports stars of the University of Nottingham have celebrated the official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.
Olympic table tennis champion Dr Deng Yaping and gold medal-winning canoeists, Dr Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE, were among the line-up of sporting legends who joined fellow alumni David Ross and UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl for the celebrations.
The £40 million sports village is a state-of-the-art facility on University Park campus. It includes an indoor fencing salle, dance and spin studios, an all-glass squash court, an outdoor full-sized 3G rubber crumb pitch, tennis courts and gym.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway said the centre was the fitting environment to engage students and staff, whatever their interests, and inspire the sports stars of the future.
He said: “From David Ross’ generous donation, to the support of our Olympians, the scope and scale of alumni talent is clear. To be successful at anything takes drive, grit, determination and practice. Our alumni have been showcasing these attributes for many years and I have followed their achievements with pride, knowing Nottingham may have laid the foundations for some of their successes. Today we celebrate a physical foundation, a complex of sporting facilities to be proud of and one which will inspire the next generation of athletes.”
It has been announced that Rebecca Adlington, two-time Olympic Gold medallist and British sporting icon, will also attend DRET’s 2016 Summer Cup.
The Trust-wide event, which takes place in just over three weeks time, will be attended by a host of sporting superstars and Rebecca is the latest name to be included in the line-up.
In previous years, Lord Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes and Denise Lewis have been picked to cheer on DRET students.
Rebecca won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and she has had a career full of success. The iconic star will be overseeing the various events and talking to students from across the Trust at this year’s Summer Cup.
Shane Ward, Sports Enrichment Manager, said: “Having Rebecca join our legion of sporting greats who have attended the event is fantastic news for everyone.
“Rebecca is an inspiration to young people, and we can’t wait for her to see the amazing talent that we have at DRET.”
EXCITED schoolchildren were left thrilled by some super skills at the annual David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Primary Cup North.There were seven primary schools from across the northern DRET cluster at Havelock for the fun-packed day.Havelock Academy hosted the big event yesterday, which saw Loughborough Lightning and England netballers Jo Tripp and Natalie Panagarry and former Manchester United footballer Danny Webber helping out with special master classes for the pupils.Football freestyler Dan Magness was also there to showcase some of his ball skills to the impressed youngsters, and teach them a few new tricks!