Starter gun fires on campaign to overhaul Southampton's athletics facilities

Daily Echo: Alison Beckingham, Vanessa Bennett, Richie Pearson and Mary Axtell at the launch of the Back the Track camapign Alison Beckingham, Vanessa Bennett, Richie Pearson and Mary Axtell at the launch of the Back the Track camapign

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to overhaul Southampton Athletics Club’s dilapidated facilities.

An event at The View at Southampton Sports Centre fired the starter gun on the Back the Track campaign.

Facilities at the club in Bassett have not been upgraded for the past 30 years and are in various states of disrepair.

Now club chiefs have said that enough is enough, and have launched a bid to raise £200,000 to upgrade its clubhouse, toilets, stands and other facilities.

More than 60 people attended the launch meeting, while club members will show city council leisure chief Matt Tucker around the facilities.

They have already had the backing of Olympic sprint gold medallist Darren Campbell, who toured the club’s ground last week.

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3:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Gutted I couldn't be there but I fully support the cause and hope something is done. I love spending time at the track come rain or shine and I really want to see better facilities for my squad and every squad that has to climb a fence to go to the toilet in between sets or store their kit in the run down clubhouse to stop it from getting drenched during training.

A covered stand with an indoor warm up area containing changing & toilet facilities plus some running water for the club cabin surely can't be too much an ask?!

Rebrand it The Southampton Blachombusi Stadium with the stand being The Todd Bennett Memorial Stand.
Gutted I couldn't be there but I fully support the cause and hope something is done. I love spending time at the track come rain or shine and I really want to see better facilities for my squad and every squad that has to climb a fence to go to the toilet in between sets or store their kit in the run down clubhouse to stop it from getting drenched during training. A covered stand with an indoor warm up area containing changing & toilet facilities plus some running water for the club cabin surely can't be too much an ask?! Rebrand it The Southampton Blachombusi Stadium with the stand being The Todd Bennett Memorial Stand. camerajuan

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