Athletes across the Falkirk district area have struck gold this week with the announcement that Grangemouth Stadium will receive the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games running track that was used at Hampden Park.
Falkirk Community Trust applied as part of the Games legacy programme to receive sports equipment and infrastructure after the event. We're also set to receive £30,000 worth of sporting equipment that includes javelins, cones, distance markers, hammers, boxing gloves and many more items as part of the same programme.
Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council's spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: “It’s great news. This is better than a regular replacement track – this track is world class. It will help attract even more major competitions to Grangemouth Stadium.”
Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust said: "The lasting legacy of the Games will undoubtedly encourage many new participants to a variety of different sports.
"Grangemouth already is a 'centre of excellence' when it comes to athletics and other sports - this gift will take it to a whole new level."
The state of the art track was manufactured by Italian company Mondo who have supplied all of the main Olympic tracks since 1992. It replaces the 20 year old existing track. The track is being lifted and cleaned prior to delivery, and work to lay it down at Grangemouth Stadium should be starting shortly.
Falkirk Council has allocated £593,000 to meet the cost of installation.
Thursday, 21st August 2014