The continued development of facilities across Scotland is key to maximising participation, increasing standards and improving performance across all disciplines of athletics in Scotland.
Following the publication of scottishathletics first National Facilities Strategy in 2015, our new Facilities Strategy sets out the priorities in Scotland for the next four years at a national, regional and local level.
It is essential that the sport continually reviews the facility infrastructure for athletics and running across Scotland and that scottishathletics, as the National Governing Body, provide leadership in this area.
Since the publication of the first Facilities Strategy, significant progress has been made in delivering the priority projects identified, and it is important to acknowledge and thank all the national and local partners that have contributed to the delivery of these projects – such as Dundee, Meadowbank, Huntershill (Bishopbriggs), Linwood and Ayr.
This new Facilities Strategy has utilised previously not available insight and innovation, within athletics and running facility design, to set out new facility priorities for the next four years.
We set out flexible options for partners considering the development of new athletics and running facilities and identifies important additional considerations for developers.
Ultimately, this strategy aims to ensure that investment into the development of athletics and running facilities in Scotland over the next four years is directed in the most appropriate way, developing new places to participate and compete, protecting the facilities infrastructure already in place across Scotland, and providing training and competition environments in Scotland that support athletes to achieve their ambitions.