On 10th December, an opening ceremony of the VSU swimming pool was held. It was attended by the Rector of Voronezh State University Dmitriy Endovitskyy, the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Natalia Tretyak, the Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Federation Galina Karelova, and the Governor of the Voronezh Region Aleksey Gordeev.
The VSU swimming pool was constructed within the Federal Programme "500 Swimming Pools" with the support from Aleksey Gordeev and Galina Karelova. Co-financing of the swimming pool construction on the part of the Government of the Voronezh Region amounted to 100 mln roubles. The total area of the new University sporting venue is 2600 square meters. It houses a great number of facilities including a swimming pool with six 25-metre lanes, a gym hall, shower rooms, and a buffet. In addition, the swimming pool is equipped with the stands for 175 people. It also has a separate entrance and four seats for people with disabilities. The sporting facility will promote sport and healthy lifestyle among young people as well as give students an opportunity to achieve good sport results.
Welcoming the guests Dmitriy Endovitskyy congratulated them on two events important for the University: a long-awaited opening of the swimming pool and successful completion of the state accreditation of the VSU educational activity.
"We are here today at the opening ceremony of the swimming pool due to the joint efforts during its construction. Entering this unique University was the right choice, and now you can be truly proud of it. Each year VSU is included in national and international rankings. The University provides its students not only with professional skills but also with the opportunity to develop their physical and creative abilities. It is very important that you enter your adulthood as a fully-developed balanced person, and VSU creates all the necessary conditions for that", said Natalia Tretyak in her welcoming speech.
The Governor of the Voronezh Region Aleksey Gordeev congratulated the guests on the grand opening of the swimming pool and noted the concerted efforts made by the government authorities and the University during the pool's construction. In addition, on behalf of the Government of the Voronezh Region Aleksey Gordeev presented the Rector of Voronezh State University with a certificate for 500 000 roubles to buy extra sport equipment for the gym hall in the VSU swimming pool complex.
The right to open the sporting venue was granted to the assistant of the Faculty of Physics and the world champion in swimming Yuriy Perin:
"Those who swim were really looking forward to the opening. The VSU swimming pool is the first pool in the city which is equipped with a modern electronic system. This system will allow us to hold not only interuniversity but also regional competitions in swimming here."
After the welcoming speech Yuriy Perin together with Aleksey Gordeev started the first University swimming race which marked the official opening of the new sporting venue.
The University guests also looked round the gym hall of the VSU swimming complex. Dmitriy Endovitskyy presented the project of the northern VSU campus to the guests. It includes a new University dormitory, the swimming pool and an educational laboratory facility "VSU Information Technologies Centre" which is planned to be built here.
"The construction of the VSU swimming pool was included in the Federal Programme "500 Swimming Pools" according to the students' request and by the order of the Governor, Aleksey Gordeev. Now we need to work further. A university like VSU should have a well-developed sports and recreation infrastructure", noted the Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Federation Galina Karelova.