New student sports membership aims to enhance sports provision at the University

The University has today finalised arrangements for the introduction of a new student sports membership which will be introduced from September 2011.

The membership, costing £100, has been introduced to enhance the student experience of sport and to reinvest into the STV and its services.

The new membership will enable students to:

  • Enjoy an exclusive two-hour lunchtime slot on weekdays during term time when facilities across the Sports Training Village (STV) will be ring fenced for their use;
  • Benefit from priority when booking in advance;
  • Participate in tailored sports activities;
  • Benefit from increased investment in the sports facilities and services.

Students at the University of Bath have access to some of the best sports facilities in the country, including an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Paying the membership is optional and casual student users can choose instead to opt to “pay and play” for a particular activity (eg. swimming). However, more regular users are likely to gain better potential value by paying the one off annual membership fee.

Any student currently paying over £7,000 in annual tuition fees will be exempt from the new sports membership fee.

Professor Kevin Edge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “The overwhelming feedback from our students in recent years has been a call for greater access to sports facilities, particularly at peak times.

“We are the only UK University to offer the majority of our sport facilities ‘free of charge’ to our students, but the consistent feedback from students is that this ‘free sport’ is only available at restricted times, with access to certain facilities severely limited, and under very poor advanced booking arrangements.

“This new scheme aims to change all that with the focus on prioritising facilities for the use of students.”

The University is committed to reinvesting income from the membership scheme into its sports provision – enhancing the facilities and opportunities for recreational student sport and providing additional accessibility for student sports clubs.

Professor Edge added: “This reflects the University’s Sports Strategy which makes a commitment to enhancing the student experience through its sporting provision.

“We believe this is the best way to deliver on this commitment, and will now be working in consultation with the Students’ Union to ensure that future investment does just that.”

Members of student sports clubs that use University sports facilities, currently valued at £350,000 annually of facility-time, will all need to pay the new membership.

Staff at the University will continue to pay for sport under existing arrangements but will also be prioritised during the lunchtime sports slot.

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