Brumbies call new UC Sports Hub home

Brumbies call new UC Sports Hub home

Amanda Jones

16 October 2012: The University of Canberra Brumbies will move their operations on campus as part of a new University of Canberra Sports Hub.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker, Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan and ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr made the announcement this morning. They were joined by University of Canberra Brumbies players David Pocock and Stephen Moore.  

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L-R: Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan, David Pocock, ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Stephen Moore and Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker visit the proposed Sports Hub site. Photo: Michelle McAulay


Professor Parker welcomed the proposal, saying it further cements the partnership the University has with the elite sporting team.

“The University already enjoys a close relationship with the Brumbies and we are pleased that they are joining us as the lead partner in this exciting new project,” Professor Parker said.

“The University of Canberra has a strong track record in research and teaching in sport and is on course to become an international centre of excellence in this field. The creation of this new Sports Hub allows us to further invest in health, sporting and recreational pursuits for the benefit of the ACT community and surrounding region,” he added.

Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Mr Fagan said he was pleased the relationship with the University had progressed.

“Relocating to the University of Canberra provides a long-term solution for the Brumbies and Southern NSW Rugby Union, and potentially other ACT-based sporting bodies, for at least the next 30 years,” Mr Fagan said.

The centre will provide increased opportunities for University of Canberra staff and students to work with elite athletes and community sporting organisations, as well as improved facilities for use in the University’s sports and other programs.

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University of Canberra Brumbies players Stephen Moore and David Pocock at the proposed Sports Hub site. Photo: Michelle McAulay

The Sports Hub will include training facilities and administration offices for the Brumbies, as well as a state-of-the-art gymnasium and consulting rooms for use by the University community. The University is seeking participation of other elite and community-based sporting organisations in joining the development.

The design and construction of the first phase of the Sports Hub is expected to cost $15 million, with the University and the Brumbies each contributing $5 million. ACT Labor has also committed to invest $5 million.

“We thank ACT Labor for their commitment towards the Sports Hub which will benefit the ACT community. This together with the Brumbies contribution will allow us to provide a firm base through which other elite and community-based sporting teams can co-locate in this facility,” Professor Parker said.

Mr Barr said that the new Sports Hub at the University will be “a wonderful asset not just for the University of Canberra but also for Canberra sporting teams, grassroots sports, and for the local community.”

“ACT Labor is proud to be supporting the University of Canberra becoming an international centre of excellence in sport. The new Sports Hub will also provide an important facility, for UC students and staff alike, and will help boost access to sport among local sporting groups and school children,” Mr Barr said.

As an ‘elite athlete friendly university’, the University of Canberra counts some of the country’s top sports people among its students and alumni.

Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan and former Brumbies and Wallabies captain George Gregan are both University of Canberra graduates. Prop Ben Alexander is a current student.