High Life Highland have been working towards completing the UKA TrackMark Accreditation for the athletics track at Queens Park in Inverness.
And scottishathletics are pleased to confirm the Inverness venue has now become the first facility in Scotland to receive the Track Mark Accreditation.
The track has recently undergone a massive refurbishment, which also included an upgrade of the floodlights, throws cage and gym.
Queens Park is the home of Inverness Harriers and the club are delighted with the upgrades that have been made to the facility.
The club have a strong relationship with High Life Highland and President Duncan Flockhart said: ‘High Life Highland have been extremely helpful and obliging in opening up the track back up after lockdown, which has allowed our athletes to get back training.
‘That additional option, along with the improvements to the throws cage and gym, has really helped and we can already see the improvements that these aspects around the facility have made to the performances of our athletes/’
Steven Clelland, Inverness Leisure Manager, said: ‘To be the first facility in Scotland to achieve TrackMark Accreditation from scottishathletics is a testament to all the positive partnership working that has taken place between not only High Life Highland and Inverness Harriers but other key partners involved such as the Highland Council, Inverness Common Good and sportscotland.
‘Collectively, all involved have pulled resources together to assist in the upgrade of floodlighting, competition throws cage and athletes strength and conditioning provision.
‘This endorsement from scottishathletics, through the awarding of the accreditation, shows that everyone involved is working together to provide the athletes of Inverness Harriers and the wider Highland area the best possible facilities in support of achieving excellence in athletics on a local, national and world stage.’
TrackMark is UKA’s quality assurance scheme for outdoor track and field facilities and was introduced to raise and maintain standards of athletics facility provision and provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all users.