Longwood University

Longwood University

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia


  • Health & Fitness Center
    • Opened in August 2007
    • 75,000 square feet, $17 million facility
    • Activity areas include; three gymnasium courts, two racquetball courts, group fitness studio, powerlifting room, functional fitness studio, 7,300 square foot fitness center, four-lane, 1/8th mile track, 30-foot high climbing wall, locker rooms
  • Lancer Park Sports Complex
    • Two multi-use sport fields; a 400’ x 200’ artificial turf field and a 400’ x 400’ grass field for sport clubs, intramural sports and informal recreation
    • 9-hole disc golf course                       
  • First Avenue Field
    • Primarily sport club field used for Rugby, football and soccer
  • Willet Pool
    • Shared facility with School of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation & Kinesiology, Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation


  • Aquatics; open swim, log rolling, swim club, battleship event
  • Fitness; group fitness, personal training, powerlifting room, workshops
  • Informal Recreation; open gym, fitness center, equipment issue
  • Intramural Sports;  leagues, tournaments, special events
  • Outdoor Recreation; trips, climbing wall, equipment rental, ropes course
  • Sport Clubs; 20 competitive travel based clubs


  • In fall 2016 Longwood University hosted the United States Vice Presidential Debate. The Health & Fitness Center was converted to the Media Center for the majority of the semester.  We opened a temporary fitness center and moved programs all over campus and town to continue to provide services to our campus community
  • Fall 2017 we will be opening the Midtown Fitness Performance Center. This will be an instructor led, functional fitness based training center providing; strength and conditioning programs for sport clubs; group fitness classes to students, faculty and staff; workshops to the campus and community; fitness and initiative rental opportunities for high school sport teams, students groups and the local community.
  • The Health & Fitness Center is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified facility for its sustainable design and operation. The first university recreation center in the southeast to receive the Gold certification.
  • The Health & Fitness Center was named one of the top 20 “Great Recreation Centers at Small Colleges” on the Great Value Colleges 2016 rankings
  • The Health & Fitness Center houses Campus Recreation and the Counseling & Psychological Services office
  • One of our most popular events every year is our annual Alternative Late Night Haunted Rec program. Heading into our 5th year, the Health & Fitness Center is transformed into a haunted house by a committee that consists of primarily Campus Recreation student employees and is a collaborative event with our student programming board.
  • Campus Recreation collaborates with Citizen Leadership Office to lead an annual alternative spring break trip that focuses on outdoor recreation, sustainability, volunteerism and citizen leadership
  • All of our intramural sports one day tournaments are co-sponsored by a student organization with all revenue from the event going to the charity of their choice
  • Campus Recreation hires approximately 80 students every year to supervise facilities, lead programs and assist with the overall operation of our department
  • Longwood University will celebrate our 10 year anniversary of the Health & Fitness Center early in the fall 2017 semester.
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

1 Comment

  1. Sheryl Garcia

    June 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    i read your blog. great information . all ok university. Very good for the students.

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