A Proud Tradition of Strong Partnership Links
Swansea is an incredible sporting city and Swansea University is right at the heart of the action.
Ospreys Rugby Club are Wales’ top performing regional rugby franchise, and Swansea University has strong links with the club including areas such as research, coaching overlaps, summer training camps and, of course, commercial sponsorship.
Swansea City FC has established itself firmly in the Premier League and they have even competed in Europe during the 2013-14 season. One of the things that made this possible was a unique partnership with Swansea University saw the club redevelop 80 hectares of University playing fields at Fairwood on the Gower Peninsula. The ‘Swans’ invested £11m in the facility for it to serve as their primary training ground, whilst still remaining available to Swansea University teams.
The Swansea University International Sports Village is also home to the Wales National Pool Swansea – the base for Swim Wales and training base of global superstars such as Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds. The Village also houses Swansea Tennis and Squash Club and other facilities are shared with the Swansea Harriers and Swansea City Hockey Club.
Swansea is also renowned for its rugged outdoor environments and the University has its very own beach and watersports centre, ‘360’, to take advantage of the most prominent of these. While Swansea Bay is a venue for sailing and rowing, the more adventurous may want to venture out to the Gower Peninsula, an area highly regarded and a surfers’ paradise. The University has close ties with Margam Country Park where activities include archery, orienteering, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and a World-class mountain biking facility at Afan Forest. For those who prefer to head under their own steam, the Brecon Beacons National Park is just a short drive away, or you can take to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in the other direction.
Whatever your sport, Swansea is one of the great places to be in Britain.