To meet the sporting needs of students, staff and the wider community, a new shared vision was created.
In 2002, the report ‘Building a New Sporting Future at Queen’s’ defined a shared vision and setout strategic priorities and a framework to informfuture growth and investment, with a view todeveloping sports facilities at Queen’s Universityinto centres of excellence across three sportingstrands:
The strategy was built around making Queen’s the premier university in Ireland for delivering appealing, inclusive and progressive sporting opportunities for all of the users of its sports facilities and service.
In order to fulfil this objective, the University approved a total of £20m in funding over the last five years to make its indoor and outdoor facilities a benchmark for the provision of training and competition facilities in Ireland.
A £7m investment in indoor provision has enabled programme development, service improvement, facility upgrade and expansion at the Physical Education Centre (PEC) at Botanic Park.
A further £13m of funding has transformed the Queen’s Sport Upper Malone facilities into a world class centre of excellence in the provision of high quality, community-focused training and competition facilities that benefits students and the wider community and helps cement Queen’s University as one of Ireland’s premier sporting universities.
The development of these key sites allows more people access to world-class, high performance facilities gives the community a greater degree of participation in sport and provides Queen’s students with the tools and the platform to become some of Ireland’s top sports men and women, for generations to come.