The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 30 August 2010

South Ayrshire Council invest in the future of sport

South Ayrshire Council is investing almost £80,000 to upgrade the facilities at Dam Park Stadium in Ayr, which will benefit individual and club athletes now and in the future.

Among the athletes who regularly use the stadium for training and competitions are members of Ayr Seaforth Athletics Club, who were training when a group of Councillors visited the track prior to the work starting.

[Pictured: Glen Harrower, Coach at Seaforth Athletic Club gets young athletes and (left to right) Councillor John Hampton, Councillor Tom Slider, Councillor Ian Cavana, Councillor Margaret Toner and Councillor Bill McIntosh up to the start line at the Dam Park Stadium.]

Councillor Bill McIntosh, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “The eight lane track at Dam Park Stadium needs to be upgraded to ensure that it is fit for purpose now and in the future.

“In the current economic climate we have to think very carefully before we commit to spending money on facilities. However, in this instance we knew that we had to upgrade the facility to give athletes support by providing an appropriate place for them to train and compete.

“We are committed to encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and be the best that they can be and I believe that we will see the rewards for many years to come.”

Dam Park Stadium has a running track; two long jump run ups and pits; a high jump run up and landing area; shot putt circle; two javelin run ups and a cage for throwing events. The pavilion has five changing rooms, two toilet and shower blocks for competitors, two storerooms, entrance foyer and general-purpose area. The pavilion also contains a stand with pod seating for 478 spectators and a press box.

As well as athletics training and events, Dam Park Stadium has been used for football events, music festivals and fire safety events.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder (pictured above) said: “With the 2012 Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 the upgrading of this track has come at a vital time in Scottish sport.

“Once the work is carried out, local athletes will have an enhanced training facility that will help them maximise their chances of qualifying for national and international events.

“We are keen to have the stadium included as a training venue or pre-event holding camp for international teams prior to the Commonweath Games in 2014 and I am sure the upgrading will assist us in achieving this.”

Glen Harrower, the Coach at Ayr Seaforth Athletic Club said: “A new bright track with clear lanes will be a tremendous boost and benefit to both athletes and coaches in place of the existing dull and patchy surface where the lane markings and especially the hurdle markings have almost disappeared. Hopefully it will encourage better competitions at Ayr and the development of further facilities.”

The stadium will close around the 10 September for approximately three weeks so the improvement works can be carried out. The exact timescale will be influenced by the weather conditions.

The works include cleaning, re-surfacing and relining the entire track including the small verges, end steeplechase area, quadrant fan, two javelin runs and long jump run.


South Ayrshire Council

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