SportsPark Price Increase FAQs

Why is the increase so big?/Why 10%?

The SportsPark reviews its fees every summer and prices often increase by between 3-5%. Charges were frozen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This 10% increase is in response to global inflationary costs. We appreciate everyone is feeling financial pressure right now and the University is no exception.

This increase is necessary to address increased costs but also to fund investment to provide a better service for our members. We are at a point where investment in sport across the University is needed. This fee increase will allow us to maintain and improve our facilities and services.

Our prices remain competitive in the region and the SportsPark continues to provide facilities for a wider variety of sports than can be found in most other locations locally.

What will the increased income be used for?/What do I get for my extra money?

This increase is necessary to address increased costs but also to fund investment to provide a better services and facilities for our members. We are at a point where investment in sport across the University is needed and this fee increase will allow us to do that.

Is this all about profit?

The increase is not about making profits. Sport at the University is currently running at a deficit, so all the increased income will go towards running our services and facilities and reinvesting back into them.

Why has the TennisPark membership stopped?

The TennisPark-only membership had low numbers of members. Removing this membership simplifies our membership options. Any increased revenue will go towards our operations and reinvesting in our services and facilities.

The pay-as-you-go option is still available to use our tennis courts, and for some infrequent users this is better value.

Is the SportsPark/University going bankrupt?

No. The University and the SportsPark are feeling the pinch due to high inflation like everyone else and that is one reason why these price increases are necessary. But we also want to improve our services and facilities for members and we need additional income to do this.

Shutting the SportsPark Café means we are now paying more for less

The decision to close the Refuel Café at SportsPark was due to low numbers of users. We are therefore looking at options to better use that space to provide what our members want. The café area will not remain empty forever – members will get something else instead.

I can’t afford the new fees. What am I meant to do?

We are sorry if the new fees inconvenience some members. We would be happy to discuss other membership options with you that may be within your budget. Eg summer membership discount, Pay As You Go membership option, or non-member pay as you go prices for ad hoc use.

Will staff get a pay rise to match the increased fees?

Staff are getting a pay rise of between 5% and 8% in August 2023. Some of this pay increase was implemented in March to help staff with the increased cost of living. There is more information for staff on the Staff Portal news site.

The 10% increase at SportsPark is necessary to support the operation and improvement of facilities and services, and is not linked to the staff pay rise.