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    • Opening Times

      The times below are the general opening hours for each area. For more specific times and availability for particular activities please refer to the relevant pages. Please also refer note that our Christmas/New Year opening hours are slightly different and full details can be found at the bottom of this section.

      Sportspark opens at normal times during bank holidays.


      Fitness Centre
      Monday – Sunday: 06:30 to 22:20


      Swimming Pool
      Times vary, please refer to the pool timetable on our Pool webpage.


      Indoor Courts
      Monday – Sunday: 07:00 to last booking at 21:40.


      Outdoor Courts
      Monday- Friday: 09:00 to 22:00
      Weekends: 09:00 to 21:00


      Climbing Wall
      Monday – Sunday: 07:00 to 22:20


      Monday to Thursday: 07:30 to 21:30
      Friday to Saturday: 07:30 to 21:00

      Last food orders 30 minutes before close.

Management Team

Phil Steele
Position: Director of Sport & Commercial Services, UEA

Phil has responsibility for the management of Sport, Accommodation, Catering and the Nursery operations at UEA. Leading a management team, he aims to ensure Sportspark maintains its flagship status in the region, in particular its community obligations resulting from its Lottery heritage. In addition to his community focus, as Director of Sport for UEA, he works in liaison with his Student Sport team and the Student Union to provide a comprehensive student sport programme. Combining these two elements helps ensure that Sportspark provides a sporting programme offering from grassroots activity right up to supporting the region’s high performing athletes.


Ben Price
Position: Assistant Director – Operations, Sportspark

Coordinating the day to day operation of Sportspark, Ben supports six Heads of Department that cover the Aquatic facilities, Indoor and Outdoor courts and pitches, Catering operations, Fitness facilities, Health, Safety and Quality of operations and Customer Relations management. As well as maintaining the highest standards of service provision and upkeep, this also includes the programming of each facility.


Adam Garford
Position: Head of Sport & Physical Activity Development

Adam is responsible for bringing together the two facets of sport and physical activity at the Sportspark, Student and Community Sport. Leading the Student and Performance Sport and the Community Sports Development team, Adam's role is to ensure that Sportspark provides a sporting programme offering from grassroots activity right up to supporting the region's high performing athletes. Working in partnership with Sport England, National Governing Bodies (NGB) of sport, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the County Sport Partnership (CSP) - Active Norfolk and other local clubs and stakeholders. Adam also leads on high profile events and innovative projects that encompass student, community and commercial development opportunities.


Hannah Gook
Position: Head of Department (Health & Safety, Quality), Sportspark

Hannah is responsible for compliance in terms of Health and Safety, managing the Quality Management Systems that act as the building blocks for all services within Sportspark and coordinates the training program within the facility. Hannah leads on the national benchmarking scheme for leisure centres, ‘Quest’, with direct responsibility for support services including maintenance and cleaning.


Beth Swallow
Position: Head of Department (Dryside Facilities), Sportspark

Beth has responsibility for the programming and service standards for all Sportspark’s indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Beth works in conjunction with the team at Sportspark to maintain the excellent facilities that are on offer while liaising with hirers and resident sports clubs, focussing on programming and service provision standards being maintained to the highest levels at all times.


Rebecca Harrison
Position: Head of Department (Customer Relations), Sportspark

Rebecca is responsible for driving an increase to new member sales and the retention of existing members. She leads development, implementation and continuous improvement to the Sportspark customer journey and is responsible for the development of strategies and campaigns to increase and retain customers. She also develops new strands of activity and the evaluation of success through increased income and customer satisfaction.


Iain Kermode
Position: Head of Department (Fitness Facilities), Sportspark

Iain is responsible for managing Sportspark's team of fitness advisors, personal trainers and group exercise instructors. Iain's role includes developing the group exercise programme and gym timetable alongside retention and customer satisfaction rates.


Matthew Critchfield
Position: Head of Department (Aquatics), Sportspark

Matthew’s role includes developing the swimming pool and ‘learn to swim’ programmes. Matthew works in partnership with local swimming clubs and schools ensuring the learn to swim, water safety and competition swimming are delivered to a high standard. Matthew is also responsible for managing Sportspark's team of Sports Assistants and Swimming Instructors.

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