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Portsmouth MP gets ‘sneak peak’ of new university sports complex

Stephen Morgan MP has been given a ‘sneak peak’ of the University of Portsmouth’s new sports facility as the city’s new asset nears completion.

The reported £57m Ravelin Sports Centre in the heart of Portsmouth will feature a swimming pool, climbing wall, ski simulator and sports hall – as well as a 175-station fitness suite.

The Portsmouth MP was able to tour the new sports facilities and met with the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Graham Galbraith, and Fiona Bell, Director of Estates & Campus Services, to learn more about the community benefits the investment will bring to the city.

Mr Morgan has been working alongside the University as it takes forward its commitments as part of the Civic Commission to be a strong local neighbour to communities across the city.

Following the visit, Stephen Morgan MP, said:

“It was really useful to be on-site today to learn more about the university’s ambitions for what looks to be a really exciting addition to our city.

“Access to facilities like this provide the much needed physical and mental health benefits many students have missed out on this year, so it’s really encouraging to see this new long-term high-quality asset from the University not only for our student population, but for the whole city.”

“This is the vision and investment our community needs to recover from this crisis, and I am grateful to the University of Portsmouth for helping to secure it.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Graham Galbraith, added:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to show Stephen Morgan MP around the University’s new Ravelin Sports Centre today.

“The Sports Centre, set in historic parkland, has outstanding sustainability credentials and will be available for students, staff as well as members of the public.

“Through our Estates Masterplan, the University is investing in both our campus and Portsmouth to ensure our students enjoy the very best facilities while studying at the University.”

The wider community will be able to access the facility through a ‘pay as you go’ membership.