Last Thursday the students of DkIT voted ‘yes’ to the Insitute of Technology’s proposed takeover of the JJB Sports Complex.
The results which were released on Friday, December 14, revealed that 1,127 students turned up to voye with
67 per cent (752) of students voting yes, and 33 per cent (375) voting no with a total of four spoilt votes.
This means that DkIT may now proceed with the purchase of the JJB Sports Centre, and impose the yearly fixed student levy of 125 on all students commencing September 2013.
President of DkIT Denis Cummins has said,
“I am delighted that the students of DkIT have voted in favour of the purchase of the JJB Sports Centre. This strong endorsement means that we can now proceed with the purchase of the JJB Centre, particularly in view of the fact that the students have agreed to pay an additional levy towards the running cost of the centre.
“We can now complete the legal due diligence and all going to plan we hope to take possession in the New Year.”
He continued saying, “DkIT now has among the best infrastructure of any higher education college in the country and as well as catering for the needs of our clubs and societies we can now develop a whole new range of sports related programmes such as sports science, sports psychology and sports administration.
“The reopening of the JJB centre will not only benefit DkIT but the entire north east region.”
The special levy of 125 euro will cover the cost of running the Sports and Leisure Centre including staff, upkeep and maintenance. However it will allow all students to use the facilities in the JJB and it will create up to 30 employment opportunities.
Facilities include indoor athletic training and competitions, full membership to the fully equipped gym, full access to the 20m swimming pool, steam room, steam room and jacuzzi, 10 indoor football pitches, two bars and 450 free parking spaces.
There will also be a free shuttle bus service between the college campus and the Sports and Leisure Centre every 15 minutes. The college also hopes to roll out a bike scheme with locations at the main campus and the Sports and Leisure Centre.
The current gym in DKIT will then be turned into an elite gym for all elite athletes including more lifting platforms for Olympic lifting.
In addition to the existing services on offer, it is hoped to further develop the building for other sports and societies, for example, an indoor 100m track for athletics will be proposed.
The centre may also be used for conferring, concerts and conferences and there is the potential for the ice dome to re-open.
It is hoped that plans will be in place to begin using the sports complex by the beginning of the next academic term in 2013.