Celebrating the Ulster team's values and heritage in the name of Nevin Spence.
Mather & Co worked with the team at Ulster Rugby Club to design the very important Nevin Spence Centre. Located at the Ulster Rugby grounds in Belfast, the new education centre is named after one of the Club’s players, who tragically lost his life in a farming accident along with his father Noel and his brother Graham in September 2012.
We presented the sport of rugby and Nevin’s legacy in an exhibition that is fun, educational and engaging. The Nevin Spence Centre looks at the history of the game in Ulster and the science and technology that underpins the game of rugby but also allows the values of the sport to shine; a first for any rugby club in Northern Ireland. The exhibition has an array of impressive displays from The Rugby Body, a digital interactive installation that analyses the health, movement and biology of each player, to a number of physical rugby challenges in an innovative virtual environment. The Nevin Spence Centre also features club treasures and significant historical items including the lion carried by the unbeaten 1974 British and Irish Lions, Dr Jack Kyle’s Ireland jersey and the Ulster School’s Cup Trophy.
Bobby Stewart, President of the Ulster Branch of the IRFU, said: “This centre tells the history of rugby in Ulster, while demonstrating the important benefits of a healthy lifestyle and I have no doubt that it will become an important resource for schools and the education community across the province.”
Ulster Rugby Club
— Carál Ní Chuilín Sports MinisterThe Nevin Spence Centre will bring children from all over the north and from all backgrounds to Kingspan and will allow them to learn new skills in a very fun environment. I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the project and I hope that this wonderful new facility will help educate future generations for years to come.