Uxbridge College officially opened its brand new £6m sports hall on Thursday November 4. The hall and new fitness suite was declared open by guest of honour Geoff Russell, Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency. Guests also included the Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon Councillor David Yarrow and Mrs Rita Kilroy. Geoff Russell, Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency, says: “It is always a pleasure to see vibrant and inspiring learning environments first-hand, and the new sports facilities here at Uxbridge are just that. Being here also gives me the chance to say that this is the moment for colleges and training organisations to raise their game even further. Despite the challenging times ahead, those with good business acumen who meet the needs of their customers and communities and engage with employers will be on the road to success.” Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, says: “Our fantastic £6m sports and leisure development is part of Uxbridge College’s commitment to ensuring we are fit for the future in every way.’’ Energy Fitness Professionals (EFP) recently won the contract for the management of the Fitness Suite adding to the existing contract they manage for Uxbridge College which is located at the Hayes Campus known as Hayes Community Campus. The opening of this new site, named ‘More Energy’ has been combined with a re-brand of the existing site at Hayes Community Campus which was previously called ‘Lifestyles’. EFP now have 3 sites branded ‘More Energy’ in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Alan Gallacher, one of the company’s Managing Directors, says: “We are very pleased to have secured this contract in addition to the Fitness Centre we currently manage at Uxbridge College’s Hayes Campus. The gym, which looks fantastic, is now open and we look forward to developing our working relationship further with Uxbridge College.” The site offers Fitness consultations and health checks, Programming, Weight Management, Cholesterol & Body Stat testing and one to one training sessions, EFP are helping to improve health, fitness and wellbeing of college staff and students. Further Information The new Sports Hall is used for national basketball tournament games and has a 7.6m high ceiling. Uxbridge College worked with Sport England and FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, to ensure the facilities met national sporting guidelines. Work is underway on the final phase of the college’s sports and leisure development. This will include two outdoor Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), one for basketball, netball and tennis, and a 5-a-side pitch with 3G Astroturf for football, hockey and rugby. The development was designed by Architects Harding Neill & Watson and built by Kier London using sustainable materials and construction methods. The project was paid for by Uxbridge College with no additional grants or funding. In addition to use by staff and students, the hall is also used for activities including national basketball tournaments at U-18s and senior level. It will also be used by Uxbridge Cricket Academy – run by Uxbridge Cricket Club and Uxbridge College – during the winter.