The University has ambitious plans to transform the historic Iffley Road site into a world-class multi-sports complex. This will complement The Rosenblatt Pool (constructed in 2003) and The Sir Roger Bannister Running Track (resurfaced in 2007), and enable Oxford to continue nurturing future generations of scholar-athletes for many years to come.
The cornerstone and first phase of the redevelopment is be the brand new state-of-the-art Indoor Sports Centre (The Acer Nethercott Sports Centre). Attached to The Rosenblatt Pool, the Phase 1 building will comprise a second four-court sports hall (name to be confirmed), a multi-purpose activity room (The Gallie-Lewis-Dean Gym), additional dry changing facilities for men and women and a refurbished café and reception area. It is being built to the highest possible specification to ensure it stands the test of time.
Thanks to the generosity of several hundred alumni and friends of the University, Phase 1 (The Acer Nethercott Sports Centre) is almost complete, and the new sports centre is due to open in Spring 2018. Click here to learn how you can support phase 1.
Upon completion, and subject to funding, subsequent phases will include: a gym and wellbeing centre, a new Grandstand incorporating a Cricket School, a combined Rugby and Rowing Training Centre, and Phase 2 of the Indoor Sports Centre. Planning is underway to decide on the next important step of the redevelopment of the sports facilities. If you would like to learn more about what is happening with Phase 2, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The website will be updated in due course.
Currently, we are aiming to construct an all-weather Outdoor Tennis Centre. This centre will provide the club with a competition level surface that is low maintenance and suitable for players at all levels. The new centre will benefit all court users. We are most of the way there with the funding, to learn more and help us over the line please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Andrew Vivian, Head of Development – Sport
t: +44 (0) 1865 611549
University of Oxford, Development Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD