The Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre
Students involved in sports had significantly higher odds for milk consumption and healthy self image, and significantly lower odds for emotional distress and suicidal behaviour. - Harrison, P.A., & Narayan, G. Journal of School Health, 2003
Participation in sports teams and physical activity clubs,CAN improve grade point average, school attachment, educational aspirations and the likelihood of graduation.
- Division of Adolescent and School Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; review of over 50 studies, 2010
Youth aged 12 to 21 found their involvement in sports: Improved their health 99% /// Helped them make friends 87% /// Improved their feelings about themselves 85% /// Helped them succeed at school 58% - Sport Canada survey, 2003
Young people who play sports are more likely to volunteer, vote and speak in public. -
Every child, student and athlete has the potential to excel when given the right opportunity and environment.
The University of Guelph is determined to create the healthiest campus in Canada, develop the most active community in the country and build a place for health and wellness programs to prosper. GET INVOLVED
Active living is a lifestyle. It is a mind-set that gets you through every workout, every kilometre and every game. Fitness classes and intramural programs offer our students and community the opportunity to stay healthy and make friends.
Keeping fit also means expertise in nutrition, proper body maintenance and overall wellness. The University of Guelph has a line-up of professionals ready to produce health and wellness programming for an active community.
Instilling active living at an early age can make a lifetime of difference. Sports, summer camps and organized programs engage youth when it matters most, encouraging life-long healthy habits. Physical activity improves children’s social skills, character, self-confidence and academic performance.
As an important partner in improving the health of our community, the University of Guelph will address the need for increased athletics programming and education for youth.
Varsity sports ignite a passion; they fuel the motivation and success of almost 700 student athletes at the University of Guelph. The power struggles on the field, the ice and the court awaken the competitor in all of us.
Every season our varsity teams battle the best in their sport. Gryphons are making the right moves, earning respect and winning championships.
But their excellence doesn’t end with the game. Varsity athletes go round for round in their academics and professional careers. Gryphons know what dedication and leadership means and they know how to cross the finish line.
We believe we can have a lasting impact on the next generation through athletics and recreation.
To Build Potential the Department of Athletics must improve and expand our facilities.
Renovation of the present W. F. Mitchell Centre includes an upgrade to the gymnasium to accommodate recreation and intramurals. It will also provide an elite development centre for varsity athletes and community athletes with national team potential. The facility will contain testing, training and injury management services for the University of Guelph and the Guelph community.
Expansion plans include a new structure to house a two-storey, 25,000 square foot fitness centre. The new space will hold a suspended running track, varsity basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall and numerous multi-purpose rooms for fitness and recreation activities.
The newly expanded facility will include a 2,200 seat events centre, social spaces, concession areas, a merchandise store, new locker rooms and offices for Department of Athletics staff.
This centre will create a hub for health and wellness on campus, help make Guelph Canada’s healthiest community and propel the University of Guelph to become a global leader in promoting healthy living for everyone.
Imagine a building where open social spaces invite youth, students, citizens and community partners to congregate, commemorate milestones, learn and together drive positive change.
A revitalized facility will allow us to extend our outreach, hosting campus and community events to celebrate, educate and engage people in active healthy living.