The University of Ulster is building a £7.6 million sports centre in Coleraine with indoor training facilities for soccer, Gaelic games and rugby.
Slated for completion in 2011, the state-of-the-art centre will be the university’s single largest investment on the campus for student support.
Vice-chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said: “Our aim is to create world-class sports facilities on our campuses that will enable Ulster athletes to compete and win at the highest levels of international sport.”
Built near student residences in the Coleraine campus, the centre will feature a fitness suite, a main hall with special 3G turf and facilities for martial arts, basketball and dance.
Prof Barnett added: “This development will complement our facilities at Jordanstown and confirms our commitment to the important role of the Coleraine campus in Ireland’s leading university for sport.”
Plans to create a similar facility at the Magee campus in Derry were hampered by problems in acquiring land, but the university is hoping to sort out the issue at Foyle and Londonderry College, he said.