Gloucestershire

Revamp for athletics track in Gloucester

A group of volunteers are set to manage an athletics track in Gloucester after striking a deal with the city council.

Blackbridge Athletics Track in Podsmead was damaged by floods in 2007 and completely shut down the following year after falling into disrepair.

The group, Gloucester Athletics Track Management (GATM), will run the track once it has been refurbished.

A revamp will take place over the summer using £350,000 of funding from the city council and Sport England.

Cabinet member, Colin Organ, said: "In this Olympic year this is fabulous news and will be a great legacy for young athletes of the future."

Work will include widening the track to include an eight lane home straight, installing floodlights so people can train all year round and refurbishing the clubhouse.

Bob Purcell, GATM director, said: "This is such great news for athletics in Gloucester.

"For far too long we have trained and competed at a disadvantage relative to other clubs and at long last our city will have a facility that all other cities and many small towns in the UK take for granted.

"We also see this as a splendid resource for use by schools and for local community involvement."

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