The Exeter lifestyle

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3. Sport & Leisure

Exeter is the place to be if you like football or rugby.  Exeter City Football Club is conveniently located in the heart of the city at St James Park. The Exeter Rugby Club, home of the Exeter Chiefs is located at Sandy Park, where three RWC2015 matches were played.

Funding has been approved for Exeter's new swimming pool which will be part of a huge leisure complex that will be completed in 2019.  To be constructed next to the Paris Street roundabout, the city council is aiming to build it at the same time as the redevelopment of Exeter's Bus and Coach Station.   This development is to be called St Sidwell’s Point.

Exeter's quayside area is a good location for those looking for sport and leisure facilities. The Quay Climbing Centre has the South West's largest indoor climbing wall and  makes use of the huge atrium space in a building that was once the city's electricity works. Nearby, Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre provides a purpose-built outdoor activity and training centre. Water sports opportunities here include kayaking and rowing.  The cycle paths in the area form good circular routes.

As a legacy from Rugby World Cup 2015, Active Exeter set up positive initiatives to improve general levels of activity. These initiatives have been very successful and latest figures from Sport England show that 75% of Exeter adults take part in at least 150 minutes of sport or activity each week.  This compares with Bristol at 72.7%, Plymouth at 70%, Bath at 68.6% and Bournemouth at 63.6%, making Exeter the most active city in the SW.