New building for sports team and societies is opened

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The Watershed – DSU’s brand new space for sports teams and societies to use – is now OPEN!

The building on Upperton Road, which backs onto the River Soar, has its own sports hall and changing rooms plus common room area and was officially opened by students and DMU Vice-Chancellor Dominic Shellard on Monday afternoon.

The newly renovated space will cater for activities run by DSU’s sports teams – including five-a-side football, badminton, netball, basketball, indoor hockey, indoor cricket and volleyball – and can also serve as a venue for DSU’s 120 plus societies.

Sacha Jones, chairwoman of the Dance Society, said: “It is really good and ideal for what we need.

“We needed a bigger space for our classes as we have 100 members and as many as 45 people in a class.

“This now means when there are 45 of us we don’t have to split up into separate rooms. We have been using the space for a week now and it has been really good – it is the perfect space for us.”

Charlotte Turner, chairwoman of Netball, was equally excited about the new building. She said: “There is so much potential here. It is really useful for us to have another good court space for us, and we can use the upstairs space for all sorts; like watching our matches back and using it for development and progression as well as recreational needs, committee meetings and things like that.”

DSU VP Student Activities Dan Winney said: “It is fantastic that our sports teams and societies have been rewarded for their hard work by this investment from the university.

“There will now be the opportunity to give opinions on what the second floor space, which is currently empty, could be used for and we want your ideas.”

Has your sports team or society used the Watershed yet? Tweet us your pictures @demontfortsu!


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