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27th April 2009, 11:21am
£1.9 million for Lincoln’s Human Performance Centre
Students at the Human Performance Centre The University of Lincoln is to receive almost £2 million of government funding for the expansion and development of its Human Performance Centre.

The funding was announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and is part of £150 million which has been allocated for capital projects in universities. The money has been made available a year ahead of schedule in a bid help to kick-start the economy, particularly the construction sector.

The building project will provide additional space for the increased delivery of courses by the Human Performance Department. The current Human Performance Centre offers state-of-the-art facilities for the delivery of a range of sports courses and subjects including Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Coach Education and Sports Nutrition.  

The University’s facilities were recently described as excellent by Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe MP on his visit to the Centre.  The latest development positions the University at the centre for sporting excellence in Lincolnshire and is fantastic news for sport across Lincolnshire.

John Denham, Secretary of State for Higher Education, said: “I am delighted that the University of Lincoln has been

awarded over £1m
to extend its Human Performance Department. This project will secure local jobs for those in vital building and construction work.

Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, Professor Sara Owen, said: “The University of Lincoln is fully engaged with the development of physical activity and well-being.

“This development will allow the department to act as a beacon for health and well-being education. We will be focusing on the promotion of community partnership facility training opportunities in sport, physical activity and well-being and encouraging community engagement on a well-being agenda.

“Providing an integrated learning environment with existing facilities will also create capacity for new opportunities and strengthen the provision of excellence in research and development.”

The new development will build on the provision that exists at the University's Sports Centre and Human Performance Centre. As well as academic opportunities at degree level and higher levels such as research, the facilities will enhance further the opportunity for young performers across Lincolnshire to access quality training support services.  

John Denham added: “This funding is part of a wider Government initiative to bring forward £3bn of funding for important public sector projects and will bring real benefits to students and the public alike. Higher Education has an important role to play in supporting businesses, especially during the downturn.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in October 2009 and will take around a year to complete.

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