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The prestigious centre opened in 2000 and is located at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s sports campus at Cyncoed. It cost £7m to build and was funded by a £5.6m National Lottery grant from Sport Wales. It is adjacent to an outdoor track.

The National Indoor Athletics Centre, known as NIAC for short, boasts:

  • a full competition 200m banked track
  • a nine lane 60m straight
  • a separate six lane 140m straight
  • competition and training Long and Triple Jump pits
  • competition and training Pole Vault pits
  • a competition and training High Jump pit 
  • training nets for all the throwing events
  • a fully equipped biomechanics laboratory
  • a Sports Medicine/Physiotherapy treatment area
  • a dedicated weight training area
  • a strength and conditioning gym

The facility is fully equipped to international standard and has seating capacity for 690 spectators. 

Other sports frequently host events or training at NIAC as it has been designed to accommodate the likes of netball, basketball, volleyball and more. 

People at indoor athletic track event

High Performance services

Sports medicine services are located within NIAC with on-site physiotherapy and massage available. Treatment areas, strength and conditioning gym, trackside ice bath and a fully equipped biomechanics laboratory ensures that elite athletes receive the very best support.

In addition, the Sport Wales Institute fully supports the Welsh Athletics elite programme with services such as performance nutrition, performance psychology and performance lifestyle. Our practitioners often visit NIAC or athletes can make appointments to attend the Sport Wales Institute.

Who trains at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff?

Over the years, the National Indoor Athletics Centre has become a hub of medal winning preparation.

When the doors first opened on the facility, it quickly became the second home of Linford Christie’s training stable which included Jamie Baulch, Darren Campbell and Katharine Merry. Colin Jackson and Christian Malcolm would also be found there week in, week out putting themselves through their paces.

Today, Paralympic gold medallist Aled Sion Davies is about those who hone their craft, while it is also the training HQ to a host of rising stars.

Further Information

Please visit:


Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cyncoed Campus
Cyncoed Road
CF23 6XD

029 2041 6777