Fitness, sports and outdoor specialist, Universal Fitness & Leisure (UFL) Sdn Bhd, together with Sabah Rugby Association, better known as Sabah Rugby, have launched a high performance fitness centre in Sandakan, Sabah, – the first such facility to open in East Malaysia.
The event was held in conjunction with the launch of the Sir Gordon Tietjens Eagles Rugby Academy in Sandakan.
Present at the launch were Rugby Sevens legend Tietjens, Eagles Rugby Club president Vela Tan and Sports Institute East Malaysia chairman Dr K.H. Tan.
“This marks a new milestone for UFL and for the development of rugby in Sabah. It will undoubtedly make the state the go-to rugby state of Malaysia,” said UFL managing director Datuk Radha Krishnan.
“With the setting up of a high- performance centre like this, we must take careful consideration of the right equipment mix as each sport has different requirements and must be approached individually,” he added.
UFL experts were flown in last year to consult, supply and set up the centre for the Eagles Rugby Club, which was a first-time move into the sport for UFL.
No stranger to the fitness industry, UFL has had many accolades over its 32 years of service, having provided expert consultation in the setting up of gyms and fitness centres to numerous sports, corporate and government institutions.
The High Performance Warehouse Fitness Centre for the Eagles Rugby Club boasts a full array of state-of-the-art cross-fit training equipment, which is key to rugby performance, housed in one of the biggest structures built for fitness training in Sandakan.
It also comes equipped with a cardio room, circuit training equipment, weight training stations and stretching areas.
Tietjens said, “I am impressed with the high performance centre as it has everything that one needs to train from a rugby perspective.
“This one-stop centre has the facilities that emphasises on conditioning and creates a culture of rugby, which I believe are the two real qualities of the sport.
“The beauty of this centre is that there is a lot of leg room to train as many existing gyms are quite congested,” he added.