Grangemouth: please lend support via online survey by Friday

Wednesday 25th January 2023

Survey link

scottishathletics are urging the athletics community to lend their support for Grangemouth Stadium – ahead of Friday’s deadline for responses to a local survey.

We are deeply concerned around the future of Grangemouth after Falkirk Council warned about the possible closure of facilities and buildings.

The venue is hugely significant for the track and field community in Scotland and has played a key role in a number of ways over recent years.

Falkirk Council have an online survey to gather views and we would like scottishathletics members to give their support via that process.

The deadline for the survey is this Friday (January 27).

Once into the survey, scroll through the properties and select ‘Grangemouth Sports Stadium’.

Falkirk Council survey

BBC Scotland website coverage

‘Like everyone across the athletics community in Scotland, we are concerned about the future of Grangemouth stadium and the threat of closure to Falkirk Council venues and buildings,’ said Colin Hutchison, scottishathletics chief executive.

‘I think what we need to remember in terms of possible asset transfer is that an athletics stadium is hugely different from a community hall.

‘It is a major sporting hub which is vital for national and local athletics and the likelihood of a community group being able to take that on is extremely slim.

‘So we need to all work together to ensure the future of the stadium and the venue.

‘The immediate action for the athletics community is to fill in the online survey hosted by Falkirk Council. We would urge people to online and do that and demonstrate the importance of the venue.

‘It is a competition venue nationally and locally; it is key for training in a local context for clubs and groups; and we’ve education taking place there with courses for coaches and Officials.

‘When you look at a map of Scotland, there are 2.8 million people within an hour’s travel from Grangemouth. So as our most regular national championship venue in recent years it has huge importance for track and field. It’s vital it is retained for years to come.’

Eilish competing at Grangemouth in the Scottish Unis and Colleges track and field champs

Eilish McColgan has added her support.

‘I’m keen to support the campaign to save Grangemouth stadium,’ said the triple Olympian.

‘It must be saved because it is so important for track and field in Scotland!

‘So many memories from my early years in the sport happened at Grangemouth.

‘I was there for Scottish Schools, Scottish Age Group Champs, Scottish Unis and Colleges and, looking back, league meetings and open graded events, too.

‘Competing at Grangemouth is a right of passage for future Olympians or Commonwealth Games athletes! So many of us were there at some stage and learning about the highs and lows of the sport on the track or in the field.

‘I’m pretty certain it was the venue when I represented Scotland for the very first time – that was way back in 2006 in a Celtic Cup international event. It was a 4x400m relay!

‘We don’t have enough facilities in Scotland and I understand from Scottish Athletics that, as well as being used for national championship events, Grangemouth is very important for local clubs, training groups and also education courses for Officials and for coaches.

‘We also don’t have many indoor areas in the Central Belt of the country where a large number of athletes and coaches are not too far away and can access easily.

‘So I think it is absolutely crucial that Grangemouth is saved and we can help continue the current momentum in our sport.’

Photo by Bobby Gavin


Tags: Colin Hutchison, Eilish McColgan, Falkirk Council, Grangemouth

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