Hockey star Mel Clewlow is the new director of sport at the University of Kent.
The 41-year-old, who was born in Dover, played for Great Britain in two Olympic Games and for England in two Commonwealth Games.
She will be responsible for overseeing the development of the university’s sporting facilities and ensuring that as many students as possible have access to them.
Over the last few years the university has installed a state-of-the-art 3G artificial pitch and created an indoor tennis centre, which can be used by both students and members of the public.
Last summer it opened a cycle hub, which is expanding its services to include bicycle repairs, maintenance courses and accompanied rides.
Upon being made director of sport, Mel said: “I’m really excited to have been offered the opportunity to truly make a difference to the student and staff experience at the university as well as building relationships in the local community.
“I understand the importance of leading an active lifestyle and the impact this can have on health, well-being and the mental health of individuals.
“With a fantastic team ready to take on new challenges I believe we can really make a difference to all customers who use the facilities.”
Mel played for Canterbury Hockey Club, based at Polo Farm on Littlebourne Road, and made her debut for England in 1996.
She won silver medals for England at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. She also represented Great Britain at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Mel had been the university’s sports development manager before her promotion this week.
The university is committed to encouraging all its students take part in sports and use its facilities it offers. It said: “It is our mission to get more people, more active, more often.”