Department of Sport

Highfields Sports Complex

Highfields sport complex offers top sporting and conference facilities. 

Opened by England rugby legend and alumnus Brian Moore in 2010, the Vaughan Parry Williams pavilion honours the University's former Director of Sport for 33 years– Vaughan Williams.

Located adjacent, the Nottingham Hockey Centre includes a world-class water-based hockey pitch owned by the University. 

All areas are also available for external bookings. 


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The facilities

Vaughan Parry Williams Pavilion 

  • large conference room 
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • 6 changing rooms
  • officials' changing rooms
  • first aid room
  • dual-aspect balconies 
  • car parking 

Highfields playing fields

  • 8 grass football pitches
  • 3 rugby pitches
  • 1 hybrid cricket square
  • 4 beach volleyball courts
  • additional 13 changing rooms
  • additional officials' changing

Nottingham Hockey Centre

  • international-standard water-based hockey pitch owned by the University
  • partnership with Nottingham Hockey Centre facilities - the largest hockey centre in the world outside of Netherlands
  • access to car parking, changing facilities and meeting rooms

Take a look around

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Vaughan Parry Williams pavilion
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Vaughan Parry Williams pavilion
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Grass pitches
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Nottingham Hockey Centre

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000