The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) is now able to offer its students access to the newly renovated Muzzano Sports Center, an expansive and versatile sports complex that can be configured to provide space for 12 badminton courts, four tennis courts, four volleyball courts, two basketball courts, or four indoor soccer fields.
The possibilities for the new complex, which has recently been outfitted with new bathrooms and changing rooms, are endless. “It’s going to enhance our athletic program immensely,” said TASIS Athletic Director Sonny Lim, whose Varsity Badminton team was the first to hold a practice at the Sports Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Lim expects the facility to primarily be used for team practices and recreation purposes for the time being, but he believes that it has the potential to host games and tournaments in the future. He acknowledges that many details about the Sports Center’s usage will need to be worked out in the coming months. “In time, I see this benefiting not only our students but the entire TASIS community,” he said.
It has taken a tremendous amount of work to bring the Muzzano Sports Center to its current polished state. Led by architects Alessandro Preiano and Pierangelo Realini, and assisted by Business Manager Luca Ugolotti and TASIS Facilities Manager Michele Dinelli, the major transformation from an abandoned warehouse to a high-tech, well-equipped, multi-purpose sports facility has been accomplished in only six months. Sports facility specialist Adler and Eisenhunt AG provided all the sports equipment.
Targeted for late spring, phase two of the Sports Center development will provide TASIS with a large fitness center and two multi-use studios for dance, yoga, pilates, spinning, martial arts, gymnastics, and theater.
The facility, which is about a five-minute drive from the main TASIS campus, will offer more than just athletic opportunities. It has a large kitchen that may be used on occasion during sports tournaments and for the TASIS Summer Program’s exciting new cooking course, La Cucina Italiana. Since October the facility has also served as the School’s primary Test Center. With eight rooms converted into classroom space, the center affords TASIS a quiet and comfortable place to offer nearly 20 TOEFL, SAT, and ACT exams each year—the latter two of which are also open to other high school students in the area.
While TASIS students will be transported to and from the Muzzano Sports Center in buses and school vehicles, ample parking is also available for private cars. The School will be hosting Open Houses for parents in the coming months and encourages them to make plans to visit this impressive addition to the campus. More information will be provided in upcoming weekly bulletins and on the TASIS website.
Directions to the Muzzano Sports Center
Muzzano Sports Center
Via Molini 4