Sports Suites and Labs

In our Sports Academy centres you’ll find everything you need to improve – whether gaining experience as part of your course, undertaking important scientific research or developing your performance as an athlete.

Our brand new labs and suites include some of the best sports equipment kit in the UK:

Biomechanics Lab

  • Digital mirrors for mapping body movement relating to specific exercises and goals
  • Force plates under different floor surfaces (Tartan Track, AstroTurf, Olympic lifting platform) to measure impact
  • High-speed 3D cameras and speed guns to track movement

Human Performance Lab

  • Altitude chamber and portable VO2 analyser to improve athletic performance
  • Cycle ergometers to monitor power, heart rate and oxygen saturation
  • Treadmills (curved and Force-plait) enabling high-speed sprint and sled-style training, as well as gait analysis
  • Nutritional and anthropometrical software to determine dietetics and body composition

Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy suites

  • Anti-gravity treadmill for reduced weight-bearing rehabilitation
  • Sports Therapy suite, testing equipment and cold and hot pools
  • Advanced strength and conditioning equipment

The feel of it [Sports Academy development] is unlike anywhere else I have been and I’ve competed in high-performance sport for 20 years. I didn’t think get I’d excited about sports facilities anymore, but this building, with the different suites, labs and equipment, is ground breaking in a way that I didn’t expect on this level for a college or a university.

Dame Katherine Grainger, DBE British rower and five-times Olympic medallist