Established in 1987 and housed in a suite of purpose-built laboratories, the centre consists of a critical mass of young researchers working within an experienced support structure and provides arguably the finest facility in the world for the study of the exercising child.
The Centre's international eminence in paediatric physiology research was recognised by the award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the first to be awarded in the exercise and sport sciences. The Prize, the first to be awarded in the exercise and sport sciences, was presented to the Vice-Chancellor by HM Queen at Buckingham Palace, with the citation:
The Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre has established Paediatric Exercise Science as an academic field of study in this country and is now a leading World Centre. The promotion of more active lifestyles, and understanding the benefits of healthy living have become part of the agenda for many people as a direct result of its work.
The Centre is devoted to the study of the exercising child and aims to:
- initiate research in paediatric exercise science and disseminate the findings
- provide a productive research culture for staff and postgraduate research students
- author books, papers, and other publications
- raise the profile of children's health and well-being nationally and internationally.