Largest sports hall project. Ever.



Largest sports hall project ever undertaken by Continental Sports opens at the University of Nottingham

The brand new £40 million David Ross Sports Village is now open, offering an inspirational and accessible sports provision for all. The sports village has been supported by a significant commitment from Nottingham alumnus and Carphone Warehouse founder - David Ross, taking his total support for the University beyond £10 million.

Huddersfield, UK - (25th November 2016) - Continental Sports is delighted to have recently completed work on its largest ever single sports hall project for Nottingham University at the new David Ross Sports Village (“DRSV”).

Continental’s design and operations teams worked closely with David Morley Architects, the University Sports Faculty, Kier Construction and others to ensure the success of this project.

The main sports hall at DRSV contains 20 badminton courts, measuring some 3,800m2 (c.88m x 44m) and allows for a wide range of sports at all levels up to International level. An enormous amount of work was undertaken at the planning stages to co-ordinate and deal with the inevitable conflicts and necessary compromises between such a wide range of sports’ requirements.

As well as the main sports hall, Continental fitted out a new Dojo with judo and karate flooring, two studios with mirrors and ballet barre, the archery and fencing room with archery netting, the indoor sprint track with impact wall padding and the changing rooms with bench seating.

The project represented a number of “records” for Continental - including the largest number of sockets for sports equipment in one hall at 207, the largest single span double layered acoustic curtain in a sports hall, the most court lines marked in a sports hall - as well as the longest and most complicated installation we have ever undertaken!

Continental worked closely with our partner Schelde Sports to deliver a range of sports equipment suitable for high level play across the range of sports to be offered by the University.

The equipment supplied by Continental included:

Infrastructure items

  • The largest single span electrically operated vertically retracting central acoustic divider curtain in a sports hall
  • Demountable rebound screens to separate each bay of 5 badminton courts
  • Full height opaque visual separation curtains to enable back-to-back badminton to be played
  • Electrically operated vertically retracting mesh and PVC divider curtains to divide the hall into quarters
  • Traditional pull out canvas and mesh divider curtains to divide each bay of 5 badminton courts into smaller areas
  • A 175m long high level trackway for a graduation ceremony curtain
  • Eight electronic multi-sports scoreboards with shot clocks for basketball
  • Line marking of 62 separate courts and seal of the sports hall timber floor
  • Archery protection netting to the archery salle
  • Line marking of 14 fencing pistes to the fencing room
  • Padded impact wall with digital printing at the end of the indoor sprint track
  • Bench seating and wall battens with hooks to 24 changing rooms
  • Posture mirrors with blackout curtains to two studios
  • 3,800m2 of Ultima 5000 dual sided floor protection covering from Covermaster (distributed in the UK by Continental) along with storage trolleys

Sports equipment

  • Cricket - two double bay cricket netting arrangements with backstop nets all stored in roof mounted electrically winched storage cradles. Roll out matting with creels, trolleys and stumps to suit
  • Basketball - three pairs of FIBA Level 2 approved Schelde ceiling mounted electrically winched basketball goals, one pair of Schelde Super SAM 325 portable backstops in bespoke green, four Continental ceiling mounted electrically winched basketball goals and four Continental wall fixed sideways hinged basketball goals.
  • Badminton - 20 pairs of Continental BWF certified socketed badminton posts, complete with bespoke storage trolleys designed to meet the University’s requirements (and now available for sale here) - all powder coated in the University’s house colour of green.
  • Volleyball - 8 pairs of Schelde’s new socketed fixed height and telescopic SRX volleyball posts
  • Netball - four pairs of Continental socketed netball posts powder coated in green with green padding
  • Futsal / handball - four pairs of Schelde socketed handball / futsal goals with storage trolleys
  • Korfball - four pairs of Schelde competition socketed korfball posts
  • Hockey - two pairs of Continental hockey goals with demountable sideboards to the sides of two courts
  • Gymnastics - anchors to suit a men’s, women’s and combined artistic gymnastics competition
  • Trampolining - two trampoline spotting rigs with PE Redskaber twisting rings
  • Martial arts - two full competition size areas - 50mm thick heavyweight matting for judo and 20mm thick lightweight matting for karate, with column padding, mirrors and punchbag bracketry within the Dojo

Nick Booth, Managing Director of Continental Sports commented, “We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide the sports equipment for the amazing new David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham. This project is the latest of a number of University sports project that Continental have been appointed to but is by far the largest and most complicated we have helped deliver in over 50 years. Working closely with the University’s sports faculty staff and our supply chain partners we were able to tailor the provision of equipment to the University’s exact sport-specific requirements. The tremendous result raises the bar for University sports facilities.”

Dan Tilley, Director of Sport at The University of Nottingham commented, “We have been delighted with the solution focussed approach of Continental, along with their obvious expertise across a breadth of sports. Continental have been able to provide solutions from leading manufacturers such as Schelde, as well as coming up with bespoke solutions themselves for certain items such as badminton post holders or curtains. Having one supplier who could support the myriad of requirements has been key to ensuring the smooth delivery of the wider project, and we would certainly recommend Continental to others.”

Chris Thompson, Senior Project Manager at Kier Construction commented, “Kier have worked with Continental on numerous project albeit on a much smaller scale and have built up an excellent working relationship. Due to the complex nature of the scheme and the clients requirements having the knowledge and experience that Continental has to offer has greatly assisted the delivery of the project capturing and exceeding our client objectives.”

- -

About Continental Sports Ltd

Continental Sports is the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for gymnastics, trampolining, physical education and sports halls. Continental manufactures a wide range of products from their 100,000 square foot factory in Huddersfield and their in-house team of installation engineers installs their equipment in schools, universities, gymnastics training facilities, leisure centres, trampoline parks and other venues throughout the UK. For further information please refer to

For additional information on the DRSV project please refer to our case study.

Contact:Nick Booth
Managing Director, Continental Sports Ltd
01484 542 051 ext 201


- ENDS -

Our Address

Hill Top Road,
West Yorkshire,

Telephone: 01484 542051

Fax: 01484 539148