SPORTS MINISTER HAILS COMMONWEALTH GAMES LEGACY FOR GRANGEMOUTH
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:37
As part of sportscotland’s and Glasgow 2014’s initiative to distribute sports equipment used at Glasgow 2014 to clubs and local authorities across the country, Grangemouth Stadium successfully applied for the running tracks at Hampden Park and Lesser Hampden Park. Falkirk Council supported the bid, providing over £500,000 to see the project come to fruition.
Partners from Falkirk Community Trust, sportscotland, Glasgow 2014, Falkirk Council, and Scottish Athletics were on site at Grangemouth Stadium with local community groups, local athletes, and contractors to mark the completion of the Hampden Track, used in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games, being moved to Grangemouth Stadium.
Commenting after a visit to Grangemouth Stadium, local MSP, Angus MacDonald said:
“I am delighted to see the track open for use here at Grangemouth Stadium. This is an excellent legacy for Grangemouth athletes and will hopefully be instrumental in inspiring local communities in and around the Grangemouth area to become future Team Scotland athletes and to emulate our recent success on the global stage.”
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport and Health Improvement, also attended the visit to Grangemouth Stadium. Mr Hepburn said:
“The opening of this fantastic track is a demonstration of the continuing legacy of the Commonwealth Games that will help build a more active and healthier Scotland.
“It’s great that young people can now train and compete on the very same track where Eilidh Child, Usain Bolt and many others won medals. The Grangemouth Stadium is already extensively used as a training hub for Scottish internationalists and club runners and I am confident the new track will attract more athletes and help inspire the next generation of champions.”