Wed, Sep 19th, 2018

I am pleased to report that the University Chancellor, Mr James Harris, has made an important announcement on the future of the UNE swimming pool.

Chancellor Harris has announced that the University will be undertaking a full redevelopment of our swimming pool and the sports centres’ main amenities and change-rooms. Construction will commence next month with work expected to be completed August 2019. The construction cost will be more than $7million.

This decision represents a major capital reinvestment on the University’s part. It reflects a significant endorsement of SportUNE’s services and facilities to the University and the wider community, and a recognition of the role played by sport in the broader student experience.

The new facility will continue to feature a 25-metre, 6 lane indoor heated pool. In addition, there will be a revitalised physical space, which will utilise a state-of-the-art geothermal base heating system. This sustainable heating system will be environmentally beneficial. It will regulate the temperature across the extreme variations of weather experienced over a typical Armidale year. Gas heating will provide further support to the system. The new facility will reduce SportUNE’s annual CO2 emissions by approximately 197,000kg, which is equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by 8,000 trees.

During the construction phase, the existing change-rooms will not be available, but SportUNE will be providing temporary amenities. As work progresses, we will communicate details to you through direct email and notifications around the sports centre.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact SportUNE on 6773 3856 or

This project has involved significant planning, and I appreciate the patience of students and other members during the period of the pool closure.


Dave Schmude
Director UNE Life


The plant equipment at the UNE Pool suffered a major failure last week. The filter component is no longer operating and will have to be replaced. We regret to advise that we must close the pool.

While the pool equipment has been subject to a regular program of maintenance, it has now reached the end of its lifespan. The pool was built in 1980, the first indoor pool in Armidale.  It has been a vital part of UNE’s sporting facilities, serving many generations of students, staff and community members.  

Various repairs have been made over the years, but the ageing condition of the equipment now calls for a replacement rather than a partial repair.  This work will be significant and time-consuming, and the pool will have to be closed throughout 2017 and possibly into 2018.

While we recognise the inconvenience this will involve, UNE plans to take the opportunity to enhance the entire pool facilities during this period. 

UNE sincerely regrets the temporary closure of the pool. We look forward to updating you once the redevelopment process is underway.


SportUNE Management


We understand that the recent closure of the pool has caused inconvenience to our members and we would like to assure you that we will be providing updates on the redevelopment as often as possible. 

In light of this disruption, the management of SportUNE wish to advise you of the following options regarding your current membership. 

If your membership is predominately for pool usage, you may request a refund on the residual value of your current membership by contacting our Member Administration Officer – Ariane Mazzei – by email at or by phoning 6773 3744 

For our members who utilise other facilities at SportUNE we wish to advise that our community membership rates will not increase in 2017 and will remain at the 2016 levels.  Student members will receive an additional discount made possible due to funding from the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Effective from Tuesday 13th Dec, membership will also include free tennis and squash court hire. Bookings remain essential.

Further, we will be offering a range of additional, specific classes and programs in 2017 to provide you with suitable alternatives to your fitness/rehabilitation needs, if you wish to discuss your needs further please contact our Fitness Coordinator – Mally McCormack – by email at or by phoning 6773 5188

UNE heavily subsidises the operational costs of SportUNE and this enables us to offer the most affordable membership of any fitness centre in Armidale based on the range of facilities we offer. For those that may not frequent our other facilities, we encourage you to diversify your activity and would be only too happy to advise on our state-of-the-art gym, specialist strength and conditioning gym, group fitness classes, multipurpose outdoor playing fields, indoor climbing wall, squash courts, multipurpose indoor halls, outdoor tennis and netball courts, personal trainers, crèche and café.

If you have any further queries regarding the pool closure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


SportUNE Management