For a city with a population of approximately 26,000 Armidale's list of facilities is particularly impressive. Eight turf cricket ovals, a state of the art indoor arena, twenty two outdoor bitumen and grass netball courts, fifty all weather tennis courts, a 50 metre Olympic pool plus a warm down 50 metre pool, hectares of playing fields and a state of the art indoor gymnastics centre. These facilities are maintained to a high standard with a progressive policy of development as witnessed by the recent addition of lights to the main sporting field - lights that are a standard to allow International day / night cricket matches.
As a result of theses facilities Armidale is regularly chosen to host regional, state and national sporting events. In 2012 this included sixty five major sporting events and around one hundred and twenty other sporting events. It is estimated that these events inject over $14 million into the local economy and this does not include home and away fixtures in a myriad of local sports.
The local schools, in particular The Armidale School, Presbyterian Ladies College and the New England Girls School, also have some outstanding facilities, generously made available to the wider community. In addition the University of New England offers a spectacular range of sporting facilities. It is this combination of University, schools and city facilities which results in Armidale being regularly chosen to host major regional, state and national events.
The University of New England (UNE) is home to one of the finest university sporting precincts in Australia, playing an important role in the social and cultural life of UNE, Armidale and the New England Region. SportUNE has an extensive range of first-rate facilities, including fifteen hectares of playing fields close to amenities, two multipurpose halls, a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning gym, an indoor 25-metre heated pool, a climbing wall, and squash, badminton, basketball, netball and tennis courts.
With 4 other Rugby Union/League fields, 5 soccer fields, cricket fields and an AFL ground most sports are catered for. SportUNE is also the home of the Hockey New England complex, which includes one sand and one wet-dressed synthetic hockey fields and amenities, yet still we are not close to giving a full picture of this very impressive sporting precinct.
The modern Bellevue Oval Grandstand overlooks the recently resurfaced home ground for two University Rugby teams and comprises a function room, change rooms, and first-aid and officials' rooms, a clubhouse, bar and kiosk.
SportUNE offers a wide range of services which include group fitness classes, health and wellbeing programs, a healthy eating cafè, a crèche, personal trainers, and access to more than twenty sporting clubs from a variety of different sports.
SportUNE is acknowledged as one of the finest University sporting centres in Australia and with highly skilled and accredited staff is an experienced provider of fitness assessments and training.
An accredited Australian Institute of Sport Training Facility SportUNE also hold accreditations and associations with many other key sporting and fitness organisations. The facilities are currently the away from home and pre-season base of the Parramatta Eels Rugby League club and is regularly used by Australian and NSW Rugby Union.
Enjoy the 'Olympic Village' experience by hosting a sporting camp at UNE and using the on-site accommodation available at one of UNE's seven residential colleges.