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Netball Scotland Unveils New 3 Year Partnership with University of Strathclyde

18th September 2018

New state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport building attracts national governing body for netball

Netball Scotland are thrilled to announce a new 3-year partnership with The University of Strathclyde.  Strathclyde Sport, the University’s new £31m sports centre opened its doors for the new academic year. It brings state-of-the-art training, fitness and wellbeing facilities to the heart of the University’s campus and enhances the quality of the Strathclyde student experience.

It has already attracted a long-term partnership agreement with the national netball governing body, Netball Scotland, which will see the facility become a regular training and event venue across Netball Scotland’s Performance Pathway.

The agreement with Netball Scotland underlines the University’s commitment to developing sport in Scotland at national and grassroots levels.

Claire Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Netball Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to finally announce our exciting new three-year partnership with the University of Strathclyde.

“Through this partnership we will be able to access, and utilise, industry-leading academic research, technology, innovation and state-of-the-art facilities in order to enhance and accelerate the development of our sport and our athletes.

“By bringing together the expertise and ambition of both the University and the Governing Body, we hope to create a pioneering new approach to the advancement of women’s professional sport in Scotland.”

Bethan Goodwin, an athlete involved across the Scottish Thistles, Sirens and Scotland’s Under 21 teams as well as a full time Accountancy student at the University, said: “I am very excited and feel very lucky to be able to align my academics with my netball commitments for the first time.  Being able to finish a class and then get in some shooting practice or manage my conditioning training on campus is going to really help me when it comes to scheduling by week.  Already the University have shown such support and interest in my playing career (Bethan was part of netball’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team in the midst of her first-year exams), which is invaluable to me in achieving my playing goals as well as succeeding in the classroom.”

Neil Brown, University of Strathclyde’s Head of Sport, said: “Strathclyde Sport will provide the platform to dramatically change the way the University delivers sport and physical activity to staff, students and the local community.

“The innovative and industry-leading technology on offer will revolutionise the way Strathclyde Sport engages and supports members taking part in activity in ways no other gym in Glasgow currently offers.

“We also are really looking forward to welcoming the University Sport Clubs in to their new home and being at the centre of the creation of the Performance Pathway for Netball Scotland alongside providing a truly world class training environment for Scotland’s elite Netball athletes.

“The innovative partnership will allow Strathclyde Sport to realise its strategic ambitions of working with key partners to evolve and grow services that impact on its four identified themes: Performance, Wellbeing, Education and Participation.”

You can read more about Strathclyde Sport’s ambitions and full facility specification here.

Stay tuned for further news of this partnership in the coming weeks.

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