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New sports village announced

posted 31.10.14 at 1:17am

The new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David RossThe new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David Ross

The University of Nottingham has announced it is to build a new £40 million sports village on University Park campus.

The village will be a redevelopment of the current sports centre, which will triple in size, and will include an all-glass squash show court, an indoor sprint track, and a sports hall with seating.

Speaking to URN, Students' Union Sports Officer Kiri Madhani described the project as "fantastic news for the university and fantastic news for the students".

Construction is expected to start in February 2015 and conclude in June 2016. A temporary facility will be erected on Nightingale Field next to the current sports centre.

Kiri Madhani admitted that there would be a "rocky patch" while the University is in between facilities, but said she was working with sports clubs presidents to minimise any negative impact.

The Sports Officer also told URN it would not be possible to incorporate all clubs currently operating in the University Park sports centre into the temporary set-up, meaning clubs such as basketball will move to Jubilee campus.


Stuart Pearce at URN

posted 28.10.14 at 10:08pm

Nottingham Forest manager and England legend Stuart Pearce dropped into URN's studios this week during a visit to the University of Nottingham.

"Psycho", as he's also as known by fans, won 78 caps for England and his managerial role at the City Ground follows spells in charge of Manchester City and the England national under-21 team.

Chatting to Sports Editor Patrick Hildred, Pearce discussed Forest's start to the season, the controversial sale of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow in the summer, and the discontinuation of the Team GB men's football team which he managed at London 2012.

The 52-year-old also said that the University of Nottingham puts "heart and soul" into the city of Nottingham.


After playing the interview for the first time on Tuesday's URN Sport, Simon discussed what Pearce had had to say with panelists Adam, Nick and Ben.

Tune into URN Sport every Tuesday from 6pm for lively sports discussion, and every Thursday - also from 6pm - to hear weekly analysis of Forest's progress in their 2014/15 season.

India suspend Caribbean tours, Murray wins Vienna Open, and Agueroooo

posted 21.10.14 at 8:55pm

Simon was joined by Adam, Bradley and Jack to discuss the latest stories making headlines in the world of sport.

The panel commented on India's decision to suspend tours to the Caribbean after the West Indies abandoned their tour of India last week due to a pay dispute.

Andy Murray beat David Ferrer to win the Vienna Open. The victory meant Murray pushed back into the top 8 of the men's world rankings, helping his prospects of reaching the Tour Finals at the O2.

The guys also discussed Sergio Aguero and compared him with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Southampton's incredible 8-0 win over Sunderland also led to debate over the two clubs and their differing fortunes.

For more discussion of national and international sports stories, tune into URN Sport next Tuesday from 6pm.

Ben Flower's punch and Russian Grand Prix

This week Simon was joined by Nick, Bradley and Calum. Rugby League led the agenda after Wigan's Ben Flower was handed a six month suspension for punching St Helens' Lance Hohaia in Saturday's Grand Final.

The next topic on the programme was England's football team after its 1-0 win over Estonia in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group. The panel began by discussing Raheem Sterling's request to be rested prior to the game.

Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal in England's 1-0 victory, but Bradley questioned whether he was a suitable captain.

Towards the end of the show the guys discussed F1 after the first ever Russian Grand Prix took place at the weekend. They reflected on the narrow gap between Hamilton and Rosberg in the standings, and whether the double points system in place for the last race on the circuit is fair.

To hear more debate on the world's big sports stories, listen to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6pm.

Sports membership: do the changes work for you?

posted 10.10.14 at 4:50pm

On 1st August 2014, the university replaced its old 3-level sports membership pricing structure with a new, flat rate, which is now £135. Sports Editor Patrick Hildred explains...

Table tennis club President Jonathan Spinks gave his views on Thursday's URN Sport.

Sam asked the panel - Ben, James and Calum, for their views on the changes.

The guys also compared the price of sports membership at the University to Nottingham to those of other universities, and found that Nottingham came out favourably.

To hear more coverage of university and local sport, tune into URN Sport from 6pm on Thursdays.