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The University provides sporting facilities on and off-campus for students, staff, alumni and the general community.
Sports facilities include the Recreation and Fitness Centre, Watersports Complex, Boatshed, and the Aquatic Centre. There are also College facilities, which are available to all residential college students on a reciprocal basis. UWA Sports Park, which includes McGillivray Oval and the Tennis Centre, is five kilometres away and the International Martial Arts Centre is located at UWA Claremont.
UWA Sports coordinates a range of sporting competitions and activities including inter-faculty, inter-college and inter-university sport. It organises major local, national and international events such as the Indian Rim Asian University Games and the Australian University Games, and Recreate programs (40 per cent of participants are from the general community). For young people there is Uni Sport for Kids providing sport-based programs to primary school children during school holidays, and Campus Challenge, a live-in orientation camp introducing high school students to university activities including sport and culture.
The UWA Sports Council is the governing student body of sport at the University, responsible for overseeing 32 sports and recreation clubs covering 36 sports. Clubs have around 2500 members of which 40 per cent are students and staff, 30 per cent alumni and 30 per cent general community. Though most of the sporting clubs are based at UWA Sports Park, the University Cricket Club plays first grade cricket at James Oval, which is considered to be one of the finest cricket wickets in the State and the venue for occasional interstate and international matches.
As staff and student numbers grow, particularly when the University becomes more of a residential university, there will be a need for more sports and recreation facilities on campus or close by.
There are difficulties retaining and allocating high-value land for sport when there are competing teaching, research and other needs. For example, the tennis courts occupy half a hectare of prime campus land. Opportunities must be taken to share campus land footprints, such as having tennis courts on the tops of buildings, or for other organisations such as colleges and the Cities of Subiaco and Nedlands to share the provision of facilities.
The lack of satisfactory public transport between Crawley campus and UWA Sports Park is an issue for Crawley-based students. This is a significant factor in any consideration of re-locating sports and recreation facilities from Crawley to Sports Park.