Facility improvements in North East and South East

Facilities up and down the country continue to be improved and updated. We highlight 2 facilities at opposite ends of the country who have recently enjoyed improved facilities through support form England Athletics, local councils and many volunteers at each club!

North Shields Polytechnic Club

North Shields Polytechnic Club has over 650 members, making it one of the largest clubs in the North East. So the track at Churchill Playing Fields in Whitley Bay was always well used. Lots of work on the council-owned track was completed in early 2020 but it then had to stay closed for a while due to COVID. But it has now had a full track resurface covering the six-lane 400 metre section and the seven-lane 100 metre section, plus modernisation of the throws cage. The work also saw the installation of a new perimeter fence and ClubSpark gate entry system.

John Sutcliffe, Chair of Trustees at North Shields Poly Athletics Club, said: “We are delighted that the council are supporting our club by carrying out this work. It will mean we are able to train and compete on an excellent facility that meets UK Athletics requirements.”

New cage and security gate at Keighley

Epsom and Ewell new cageEpsom and Ewell Harriers

Epsom & Ewell Harriers - the oldest running club in Surrey - has a 6 lane track and high jump, long jump, pole vault, hammer, discus and javelin training and facilities. Members can once more enjoy their throws programme thanks to a throws cage modernisation at the Poole Road Athletics track where their clubhouse the Harrier Centre is based. England Athletics' support was critical to the club's ability to secure additional funds, ensuring the facility is a safe and enjoyable place for athletes in the community.