The announcement today by Glasgow Life regarding the upgrade for Scotstoun Stadium was welcomed by the SRU, Glasgow Warriors, Scottish Athletics, Glasgow Life and Sport Scotland. Their comments are available through this link to the Herald article.
Victoria Park City Of Glasgow are greatly relieved that the long term future of the Stadium and our Club has been settled.
When we returned in 2010 to the newly reopened stadium that has been our home since 1930 we entered an exceptional facility with the ability to bring out the best in everyone competing there.
The stadium will still be able to host track and field athletic competition although the throws events will be held away from the infield to protect the new synthetic rugby pitch.
The facility will however be a better training venue than it was previously with access to the infield for younger athletes to engage in run, jump and throw activity which will enhance their experience and reduce the congestion on the outside track.
The training field next to Danes Drive will be developed as a competition and training area for all of the throwing disciplines. The throwing cage will be re-sited, a full length javelin runway will be added and three shot circles placed on the perimeter. Access will also be created for athletes in wheelchairs.
We've received assurance from Glasgow Life that the infield will not be let for team sports on any of our four training nights and that the stadium will once again be used for athletic competitions during the summer months.
The management at Scotstoun have introduced a new pricing policy which hopefully will lead to a rise in bookings for Championships and League matches going forward. Of the 23 league matches our athletes competed in last year, only two were held in Glasgow. Glasgow Life have accepted that this situation has to improve and we believe that with their support, the future is much brighter.
We're grateful to the other stakeholders involved in the discussions for recognising our interest and for including the club in the planning. We hope that the good relations engendered during these discussions will prove to be permanent.
The continuation of athletics at Scotstoun might not have been in any immediate danger but that may be down to the success of our volunteers, sponsors, coaches, team managers, committee members and officials who have made the club the success it is with over 500 active members. By adding two extra training nights, introducing a disability section, organising run jump and throw after school sessions and offering holiday camps to non-members the club is thriving and making it difficult to be ignored.
Hopefully the disruption during the upgrade will not have too great an impact on our training sessions and normal service will be resumed in the near future.