Date of release: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New sports investment at GreenwichTwo artificial sports pitches costing £1.7 million are being built at the University of Greenwich.

Work is underway at the university's Avery Hill Campus on the all-weather floodlit surfaces. One will be used for various sports, including football, rugby, American football and lacrosse. The other will be used mainly for hockey.

Iain Metters, Sports & Recreation Manager, says: "These pitches will provide the focal point for our sports team training and fixtures, allowing the football, hockey, lacrosse, ultimate frisby and American football teams to train and play at the Avery Hill Campus.

"This will cut down on travel, as well as saving the cost of hiring external facilities and reducing our carbon footprint. Barring an avalanche there will also be no fixtures called off because of the weather!

"The pitches will be used to deliver some of our academic programmes and they will allow us to offer intramural sports leagues, which are designed to encourage participation rather than elite competition, for the first time.

"We will also be able to expand the number of teams and sports that we offer, which will help us move up the British Universities & Colleges Sport league."

Louis Hale, Vice-President Student Activities, adds: "At the end of the season we will be hosting Varsity, a friendly day of competitive sport between Medway and Greenwich which will show this new facility off and highlight the great efforts of our sports teams."

This is the university's latest investment in sport and recreation facilities, following the building of the gym in The Dome at Avery Hill, the refurbishment of the gym at Medway and the planning of a new gym within the Dreadnought development.

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