New:Gen Tracks

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We are pleased to introduce the New:Gen facility concepts to inspire a new generation to enjoy athletics and running; PlayTrack, CompactTrack, ActiveTrack and MiniTrack.

Oval running tracks originated in the 1800s and have changed very little over the past two centuries. There are currently 270 standard 400m tracks in England and these will always have an important part to play in athletics – particularly when it comes to competitive track and field. However, people’s habits, perceptions, and ambitions have moved on. As the governing body for Athletics in England we recognise that we need to reflect these changes and actively encourage the development of a new generation of innovative, affordable, and accessible facilities.

We will continue to update this website section with case studies in England, to stimulate your imagination and help you to develop exciting and affordable facilities in your local community.

Priority areas for New:Gen tracks

England Athletics used specialist sports facility planning consultants ORH to carry out an analysis of the current supply and demand for existing outdoor synthetic athletics facilities and – using 20 minute (urban) / 30 minute (rural) drivetime catchment zones. The following 48 New:Gen priority areas were identified:

 MidlandsNorthEastSouth WestSouth East
BlabyEast Riding of YorkshireBroadlandDorset CouncilChichester
Derbyshire DalesHartlepoolEast SuffolkEast DevonEast Hampshire
East LindseyNorthumberlandFenlandNorth SomersetNew Forest
HarboroughNorth YorkshireMaldonSouth HamsSwale
High PeakRibble ValleyMid SuffolkStroudWest Oxfordshire
Hinckley and BosworthSouth LakelandNorth NorfolkTeignbridge 
North KestevenWestmorland and FurnessSouth NorfolkTorridge 
North West LeicestershireWyreTendring  
South Holland   
West Lindsey   
Forest of Dean    
Staffordshire Moorlands    

These priority locations will be reviewed on a regular basis to reflect (amongst other factors):

  • Emerging strategic housing developments that are approved and may alter the original demographic assumptions in each priority location
  • The development of new athletics facilities not included or known about in the original mapping analysis.

If you have a potential project within one of the 48 priority locations, we would like to hear from you. Please email: and include a brief overview of your project and we will be in touch to discuss in more detail with you.

New:Gen Brochure

Download the New:Gen brochure