Main University sports hall suffers leak after Storm Ciarán hits city

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The University of Stirling’s main sports hall suffered a leak this week as the city was hit by Storm Ciarán.

During a Wednesday morning training session, water began to drip down from the roof and down the walls.

The beginning of the leak on Wednesday morning Video credit: Charlotte Sutcliffe

At the time the Sports Centre provided buckets to catch the water. 

Stirling had been hit with adverse weather conditions with a yellow weather warning issued across Scotland in the early hours of Wednesday. 

The University stated that they were aware that Sports Hall 1 had a leak at the time of the incident and that students should not be concerned:

“This is currently being addressed by Property Management and the leak will be fixed in a timely manner.”

Whilst the leak stopped during the day when the weather cleared up it continued again at the Men’s 1s Basketball game that evening at 5pm.

By the evening, the sports centre had organised the catching of the water in a more supportive way and the game went ahead without any problems. 

When asked if the leak would affect BUCS games, sporting events or training in the Sports Hall the University responded by saying:

“The Sports Hall will continue to be available for all activities and any water ingress will be managed to ensure a safe and conducive space.”

Previous concerns

This is not the first time there have been problems surrounding the Sports Centre buildings. In 2021 Brig reported safety concerns from the Powerlifting club around the Strength and Conditioning floor. They deemed it ‘spongy’ and ‘unusable’.

The floor had since been re-done by the University last winter. This was part of £1 million enhancement and improvement work across the Sports Centre. 

This included enhancement work taking place in Sports Hall 1. Despite the current leak concerns the university assures students that the leak is not linked to any structural integrity problems. 

Featured Image credit – Charlotte Sutcliffe and Fionna Millar

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