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Sporting Facilities at Queen's University

Clubs and Societies use various facilities throughout the whole of Queens. The main ones being the facilities provided by the students' union, and the Sports and Recreation Service.

Students' Union

The students' union offers Clubs and Societies advice, rooms, and a admin recourse centre. For advice any club or society can call in to see the Vice President Clubs and Services, Room S.14 2nd Floor of the Students Union, who will help and guide any club with any problems. He/She will also help anyone get in contact with any club or society.
Email: su.vpcs@qub.ac.uk

Sport's and Recreation Service

Queen's sports facilities are recognised throughout the whole of Ireland and the UK as one of the Best University sporting facilities. This has been strengthen over the past few years with the hosting of various events which included several Squash and Basketball tournaments, World Cross Country Championships, two European Hockey tournaments, Ulster Rugby matches against Munster and Ireland and the GAA Sigerson Cup as well as the Northern Ireland youth games. The University has extensive sporting facilities, with more than 50 student sports clubs offering a wide range of activities. The main indoors Centre offers casual and programmed opportunities and specialist services for all members of the University community to enjoy whatever their level of ability.

The Sports facilitates at Queens are split into two areas:

1. Indoor facilities - The Physical Education Centre 'PEC' - Based in Botanic Gardens

2. Outdoor Facilities

  • The Malone Playing Fields 'The Dub',
  • The Boat house,
  • A Cottage in the Mournes


Each year over 400,000 visit or use the centre. The PEC is located in Botanic Gardens and the car park is approached from Stranmillis Embankment. It is situated close to the main University site, and only a 15-minute walk from the Hall's of Residence. Membership is free to all Queens' students, although a charge of 70p will be levied at reception each time you use the centre.

Student Cards must be produced on entry. The centre houses two swimming pools, 3 conditioning rooms, a purpose-built aerobics/dance room, 10 squash courts, 12 badminton courts, 4 basketball courts, 1 tennis court, 2 volleyball courts, 2 handball courts, 4 cricket nets, 2 trampolines, a purpose-built 'Everest' mountain wall and facilities for fencing, karate, bowls and yoga. The extensive indoor sports facilities are brought to life by a wide-ranging programme of activities , club sessions, coaching courses.

Student clubs can be found at the centre for all the traditional sports, such as basketball, badminton, netball, squash, volleyball, as well as the more exotic clubs for various martial arts, mountaineering and weight training; a fitness suite, aerobics classes and, when necessity arises a sports injury clinic can all be found in the Centre. Facilities can also be booked by non Student Sport Club members. The Issac Agnew Sports Injuries Clinic is open four evenings (Monday - Thursday inclusive) each week to treat sports related problems, with preferential rates for all members of the PEC. The centre also houses the "Fit to Eat" snack bar on the top floor overlooking the swimming pool - You can enjoy a wide range of tasty (and healthy) offerings while admiring the efforts of those below.

The centre also houses Classes in Aerobics, Stretch-n-Tone, Weight Training, Swimming, Life-Saving, and Circuit Training. During the past year, the PEC was the venue for several squash tournaments, namely the Irish Universities' Championship, the U!6 Home International, the Junior Interprovincial and Ulster Squash Home International Championship. The Centre was also used for Malaysian Open Championships in Badminton, Basketball, Squash, Five-a-side and Table Tennis. The facilities at Queen's are primarily for the students who have first option for booking. On the top floor there are seminar and committee rooms, which can be booked through the PEC Bookings Officer.

Casual bookings of PEC facilities may be made at the PEC reception. All club or block bookings should be made through Mrs Dolores Anderson. Any general queries or suggestions regarding the PEC facilities should be addressed to Mrs Maureen Drennan, Administrator. Any specific queries regarding student sport may be directed to Mr Bill Gardner, PEC Officer for Student Sport.

Weekdays - 9.50 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Saturdays - 9.50 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Sundays - 12.00 noon - 6.00 p.m.
(Last admission half an hour before closing)

Early Morning - 7.30 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.
(Monday - Friday) (Last admission 8.40 a.m.)
Monday & Wednesday - 12.00 noon - 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday - 12.00 noon - 2.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Friday - 12.00 noon - 9.00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - 12.00 noon - 5.30 p.m.
Times subject to change - please see PEC noticeboard for details

Physical Education Centre:
Tel: (028) 90 681 126
Fax: (028) 90 681 129

Malone Sports Facilities

'The Dub' Malone Sports Facilities is home to most of the University's outdoor sporting clubs and is situated just over two miles away from the main campus. The facilities comprise of the Malone Pavilion (more commonly known as 'The Dub') and the 100 acre playing fields. The Pavilion includes extensive committee/seminar rooms, the largest changing accommodation in Ireland as well as the Queen's Malone Club, a sports bar available for club fund raising, team hospitality and social functions. All Queens' students (over 18) are automatic members of the club and event bookings can be made on:

Tel: (028) 90 62 3946
Fax: (028) 90 61 3999

The Playing Fields have the reputation as one of the best sports complexes in Ireland and prove a popular venue not only for intervarsities but also for some of the Province's major sporting events. Within the last year the facilities have hosted the World Cross Country Championships, two European hockey tournaments, Ulster Rugby matches against Munster and Ireland and the GAA Sigerson Cup as well as community events such as BBC Town Challenge Finale. The University, through the Estates Office, has an on-going policy of improvements at the Playing Fields and wishes to develop the north end of the complex in the near future. Hopefully this will include additional grass pitches as well as refurbishment of the tennis courts. At present the facilities include 13 grass pitches (three with floodlights); 2 full size floodlit synthetic pitches (water based/sand filled); 1 hard porous hockey surface; 9 tennis courts; 3 netball courts and 2 cricket squares (with synthetic mats).

How to Get to Malone Sports Facilities:

By Bus
Either: Bus No 71 'Malone'
/or Bus No 70 'Ladybrook'
Both pass the Students' Union and 'The Dub Stores' is the nearest stop to the Playing Fields.

By Car
There is ample car parking at the Playing Fields site. Use the Dub Lane entrance.

By Bicycle
The site is only 2 miles from the main or Foot campus.

General Opening Times:
Weekdays - 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Saturday - 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Sunday - Dependent on demand

For training/matches at the weekend bookings should be made by Wednesday afternoon. Midweek training/matches to be booked no later than Saturday.

Gary Mack (Head Grounds Officer)

For Bookings or Enquiries:
Tel: (028) 9062 3946 Fax: (028) 9061 3999

Boat House

'The home of the men's and Ladies boat clubs' The Queen's Boat house is based along side the river Lagon and on on the Stranmillis Road for details contact:

Tel: (028) 90 68 1126
Fax: (028) 90 68 1129

Mourne Cottage

The University has a mountain Cottage in the Mourne mountains in Annalong, County Down. for details contact:

Tel: (028) 90 68 1126
Fax: (028) 90 68 1129


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