Sports Savvy

    New Saville Community Sports Centre unites the community through sport

    April 26, 2012

    New Saville Community Sports Centre unites the community through sport

    It has been said that nothing unites people like sport, whether as participants or as fans. Now Edmontonians have even more ways to unite, with the 2011 opening of a new wing of the Saville Community Sports Centre at the U of A’s South Campus, a multi-sport and recreation complex that offers sporting opportunities for recreational and high-performance athletes alike.

    The sports complex boasts nine NBA-sized basketball courts, nine volleyball courts, 10 curling rinks, a 2,043 square-metre gymnastics centre, 10 tennis courts and a top-notch fitness centre. And it’s all thanks to a community commitment by three sports organizations — the Edmonton Grads Basketball Association, the Edmonton Volleyball Association and Ortona Gymnastics — along with the U of A.

    On any night of the week, the centre is a hub for Edmonton’s sports community, hosting wheelchair basketball teams, high school volleyball squads, curling teams, tennis players and gymnastics. The U of A’s high-performance Golden Bears and Pandas basketball, curling, volleyball and tennis teams also call the centre New Saville Community Sports Centre unites the community through sporthome.

    To Kerry Mummery, ’94 PhD, dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, “This sports complex is one of Canada’s finest, and I have no doubt it will be a cornerstone of athlete development in a number of sports for decades to come.”

    The centre is named for Edmonton businessman, philanthropist and sports enthusiast Bruce Saville, who has generously supported community and university sport since 2004, when the curling, tennis and fitness facility was built. 

    – Jane Hurly