Salisbury running track improvement work complete
The track will be a real asset for the school and its pupils but it is also hugely important for the athletics and running club, as they seek to develop and grow their sport even furtherCouncillor Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Libraries
South Wiltshire athletes can now compete and train on a first-class facility, after work to improve the athletics track at South Wilts Grammar School was completed last week (Thursday 3 October).
As well as the track resurfacing, the works include an improved layout for field events, ensuring compliance with current UK Athletics standards. Additional improvements also include disability access, the introduction of a discus cage and the provision of an electrical supply to the finish line.
The new facility will be available for the community and will also be the home of City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club.
Councillor Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Libraries, said: "It is fantastic that residents of Salisbury and the surrounding area now have access to a first class athletics facility on their doorstep. The track will be a real asset for the school and its pupils but it is also hugely important for the athletics and running club, as they seek to develop and grow their sport even further."
The track improvements have been funded by Wiltshire Council alongside Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Area Board. South Wilts Grammar School have provided the land for the track and City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club have also contributed towards the total cost of the project.
Michelle Chilcott, Headteacher at South Wilts Grammar School, said: "We are delighted to host this wonderful facility. Not only does the improved athletics track ensure our pupils benefit from high quality sports facilities, it also highlights our commitment to supporting our local community by making facilities available to the public and local clubs."
Dave Amey, President of City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club, said: "We can't wait to return to this super new track and to use it to the full. There's no doubt it will be a great benefit to our members who've tripled in number in the past couple of years, as well as to many newcomers to running.
"The club has just been promoted to the top tier of the Southern Athletics League, which is a huge feather in our cap, and I'm optimistic that replacement of the track will enable us to build further on this success."
Councillor Jeremy Nettle, Leader of Salisbury City Council, said: "We are delighted to support such a worthwhile project. The athletics track is a key sports facility in Salisbury and the city council recognises this and were thrilled to play a part in safeguarding it's future."