We lcome... Harnessing the power of the wave Sports and Wellness Hub

Designed by David Morley Architects, the University of Warwick’s Sport and Wellness Hub is part of a £49m investment to promote health and wellbeing, with the goal of being the most active campus community in the UK by 2020.

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ONE of the things I love about this sector is the fascinating people you come across. People who are passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives for the better and who are harnessing their passion for the good of many.

Nick Hounsfield is one such person. The former osteopath was inspired by the death of his father to take stock of his life and forge an entirely new path, one that combined his love of surfing with his determination to improve people’s health and wellbeing. (P12)

The result is The Wave, the UK’s first inland surfing lake of its kind, which utilises cutting-edge technology to create up to 1,000 quality and safe waves per hour which can be surfed by beginners and professionals alike.

Editor Vicky Kiernander

Sales director Julian Walter

Sales manager Rick Dove

Production Gina Mitchell Design

Sandra Cid

Managing director Toby Filby

Hounsfield embarked on this journey in 2011 with just £500. Eight years later and this multi-million pound project is due to open this autumn aiming to engage 150,000 people a year.

You can hear Hounsfield talk about his inspiring story at this year’s physical activity facilities forum, which takes place at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on 3rd and 4th October 2019. Find out more on P10.

“Our vision is to create an activity experience that appeals to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and which positively impacts mental and physical health,” he says.


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