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Solent University officially unveil new sports complex

The university opened the state-of-the-art facility early on Thursday, 17th October.

The complex is expected to accommodate over 1,200 students, who compete in sports across the university every year.

Team Solent competes in several high-level leagues at both local and national level, with over 30 sports clubs.

(A game of basketball was one of the first events to kick off proceedings for the complex's official unveiling)

The university is also one of the first in the UK to develop sports-based, undergraduate courses.

Their reputation in these areas have grown to the extent of being named Most Improved University at the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) National Awards in 2017.

Martin Nailor, Head of Solent Sport and Will Cope, Sport Journalism course leader were both present.

(Head of Solent Sport, Martin Nailor, explained what the complex will include and what it means to the university and wider community)

Artistic gymnast, Kelly Simm and Paralympic sailor, Helena Lucas MBE - who are also former Solent alumni - were also both in attendance for the grand reveal.

Simm - who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games - graduated from Solent, after studying for five years at the university.

She won a gold medal, competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and silver and bronze medals in the 2018 Games.

Lucas made history after winning gold in the 2.4mR London 2012 games by becoming the first female winner in the male-dominated Paralympic class and Britain's first ever Paralympic sailing gold medalist.

She went on to win bronze in Rio 2016, becoming Britain's most successful Paralympic sailor.



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