Bedford Blues legend and Canadian rugby international James Pritchard was guest of honour at the University of Bedfordshire’s launch of its new sports facilities.
One of Bedford’s all- time great players, Pritchard – along with guests from local schools and sporting organisations – visited the university to celebrate the £5.1million investment in student sport.
Some of the new facilities the guests viewed were state of the art gyms, an international-standard hockey astro turf pitch and multi-use games area, a 300-seat sporting arena, and a redeveloped grass playing space and pavilion.
Pritchard expressed his admiration for the new facilities on Twitter following the event, tweeting: “Once again thank you for having me down and taking me through a tour of your fantastic facilities. #worldclass.”
Bill Rammell, vice chancellor of the university, said: “As a university we put the student experience as our highest priority and the new sports facilities that we are opening today are a real symbol of the multifaceted relationship between sport and the success of our students.
“At this university, we believe in making opportunities available to help people transform their lives.
“Active, healthy bodies feed active healthy minds, and so we invest in our sporting facilities to enable our students to be the best that they can be.”