About the National Water Sports Centre
The National Water Sports Centre is a unique sporting
venue in the Borough of Rushcliffe just three miles south of the City of Nottingham.
Centre is currently owned and managed by Nottinghamshire County Council and offers
some of the most comprehensive watersports facilities in the UK.
easy access to the motorway network and excellent rail and air links the site
is well placed to attract users and visitors from across the region, country
and rest of the world.
Originally, the Centre was purpose-built to facilitate the
training of elite athletes and the holding of National and International
competitions primarily in the disciplines of rowing and kayaking/canoeing.
The Centre is set in 270 acres of country park and boasts:
River Trent is also accessible from the site.
National Water Sports Centre is set in 270 acres of beautiful park land.
Visitors can wander around the 2km Regatta Lake at the heart of the park or
stray off the beaten track to explore further lakes, lagoons and nature trails.
The site is teeming with wildlife, boasting numerous plants and animals that
have made the Centre their home.
world class course is a focal point for English whitewater rafting and
kayaking, often holding international events for slalom, freestyle and wild
water racing. One hosted event is the Red Bull Rapids event.
whitewater course is located between the weir on the River Trent and the
regatta lake. Built in 1986, the course is made primarily from concrete. It is
approximately 700 metres long, drops just over four metres in height to produce
Grade three whitewater rapids. The course is gravity fed and does not use
electricity to power it. Due to the nature of the design, swimming through the
course is safer than many other locations around the UK due to deep channels and
few significant underwater obstructions. The amount of water flowing through
the course depends on rainfall and canal usage, but due to the large catchment
of the Trent, flows between 16 and 25 cubic metres per second
whitewater course had a refit in 2009. Along with essential maintenance, some
of the original concrete obstacles were removed and Omniflots (large plastic
movable blocks) were added.
centre hosts Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club which gives lessons on the flat water
lake and the course. The course is used on a weekly basis by UK wide emergency rescue service to deliver swift-water safety and rescue training.
water ski cableway has undergone major refurbishment. The main cableway has
been extended to make it a longer more thrilling ride; the height has been
increased by 2.5 metres to provide extra air space. New obstacles such as
a fun box, slider and kicker have been installed to enhance stunts and tricks.
have also invested in two Rixen Little Bro's. The straight line cable
system is perfect for beginners and pro's alike. The programmable speeds
are flexible allowing the instructor to personalise sessions.
cableway offers an amazing opportunity to experience knee boarding, wake
boarding and water skiing.
The 18 acre campsite has
recently been refurbished at a cost of £220,000. The site welcomes vans, tents and campers;
with on-site shower facilities, 120 electrical hook-ups and 24-hour warden
service. There is a shop on the campsite which sells a range of camping
supplies ranging from gas for cookers to toys, games and basic food provisions.
The campsite also has a new playground that is open to all members of the
The campsite is rated as a two
star facility with Enjoy England.
The hotel has 60 beds, a
gymnasium, restaurant, bar and laundry room.
The bedrooms range from
en-suite singles to six bed dorm rooms and a block of rooms with shared
has a range of 27 gym stations consisting of resistance and cardio and a free
weights area. The three-court Sports Hall located next to the Main Building is fully
equipped for 5-a-side football, Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball and is
also used as an indoor training facility by numerous British Olympic hopefuls.
The hotels’ facilities are
open to visitors and guests (there is a small charge to use the gym).
The hotel is currently rated
National Water Sports Centre has a range of conference rooms.
room enjoys fantastic 280 degree views over our 270 acre Country Park and 2km Regatta Lake.
fantastic room overlooking the cloistered summer garden. 60 people max.
smallest of our conference rooms, the Forman Hardy enjoys amazing views out
onto the lake. Max 30 people.
The largest of our conference rooms. The Conference Hall has a partition wall,
which can make two smaller rooms. 150 people max.
conference rooms have disabled access and come equipped with the latest A/V
technology including data-projectors and SMART Boards.