Sport and Exercise Science facilities



The Institute has access to a diverse range of sports facilities and specialist laboratories for teaching and research.


University Arena

The University Arena provides a new first-class multi-purpose home for recreational and high-performance sport for the University and City. The Arena has a 2000 seating capacity and a range of sports, fitness, therapy and conference facilities. The facility is purposely designed for wheelchair and mobility impaired athletes strengthening our capability to offer the country's first sports coaching science degree specializing in Disability Sport.


The recently refurbished Riverside Centre that opened in September 2011 offers two large teaching spaces with multi-purpose sprung floors for indoor mini-games and dance and further smaller teaching rooms and Performance Analysis suites that include views to the two larger teaching spaces. The Performance Analysis Suites are equipped with 30 computers in total, licensed with the latest performance analysis software including Swinger, Quintic, Dartfish, SportsCode Elite and ProZone.  A social learning internet café space is also available within this attractive venue. 


Our Lakeside Campus is located in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, just a 10 minute drive from our St John's Campus. The 50 acre site includes watersports lake, grass pitches, woodlands and an activity centre.

Human performance Laboratories

Fully air conditioned facilities for physiological assessment with equipment for online gas analysis, blood analysis and ECG monitoring to determine performance parameters such as lactate threshold and anaerobic power during activities such as walking, cycling, running and rowing.

Motion capture and biomechanics laboratory

One of the largest dedicated 3D motion capture facilities in the United Kingdom at the heart of the Motion and Performance Centre. Equipment within the laboratory includes a Vicon 3D motion capture system, forceplates, electromyography and isokinetic dynamometry.       

Environmental chamber

A world-leading climate controlled room within the NPARU capable of recreating extreme climate types and environmental conditions.

Sports centre, astro pitches and fitness suite

Sports and Fitness Centre including large sports hall, fitness suite, gymnasia, dance studio, floodlit sand based astroturf, third generation astroturf and extensive playing fields.

McClelland Health Centre

Based at the University's City Campus and focused on personal health and wellbeing. The McClelland Centre has an exercise suite and facilities for massage and sports therapy.

Battenhall playing fields

The Battenhall Playing fields include: 3 full size (11 a side) Football Pitches, 1 9v9 size Football Pitch, Up to 4 x 7 aside Football Pitches, I rugby pitch, all with changing facilities, 1 cricket square with training nets and a pavilion.

See AccessAble guide for access details to St Mary's Pavilion and Battenhall Playing Fields