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Athletics Track Replacement Project taking place over Summer Months

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Monday 13 May 2019

Following approval to replace the current athletics track at Footes Lane with a full 400m eight-lane athletics track, and following a detailed tendering exercise, the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture has now appointed a contractor for this work.

The track, infield and some of the surrounding land will be handed over to the contractor to start on site on Monday 20 May following the final big event of the football season - the 2019 Muratti. Footes Lane is scheduled to re-open at the beginning of October 2019.

The President of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, Deputy Matt Fallaize, is looking forward to the work commencing. Deputy Fallaize said:

"A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to make this important project a reality. We have worked closely with the main users of the facility to try and ensure they are inconvenienced as little as possible, although we are aware that with any project of this size and scope there are bound to be areas of give and take."

Footes Lane is the only athletics track of its kind on the Island. The CfESC has worked closely with the contractor to allow four lanes of the 100m home straight to continue to be available for high level competitors prior to the athletes departing to compete in this year's Island Games in Gibraltar. Tom Druce, Athletics Development Officer said:

"Guernsey Athletics are pleased to be involved in this major project with the CfESC, which will ultimately offer some real tangible benefits for athletes of all ages. Replacing and upgrading the track will make it a truly inspirational venue - and extending the track to eight lanes increases the training opportunities for athletes, in particular the growing number of young people embracing the sport - making it a great facility for not only them - but for future generations as well. We're also really pleased that current high level athlete training needs have been taken into account as part of the project plan, prior to this year's Island Games".

In addition, Guernsey Football Club and Guernsey Rugby have assisted greatly in the planning stages of the project, liaising with league organisers to ensure minimum disruption at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season for both sports, prior to the facility's scheduled re-opening at the beginning of October 2019. The CfESC is fully aware of the importance of allowing football and rugby to use the pitch as soon as possible in the autumn and therefore of the project running to schedule and is committed to assisting the sports as far as possible in the event of any unforeseen disruption.

Athletics continues to be a popular Island sport with a long history of hosting competitors from outside the Island, with the new track surface being installed and ready for the 2021 Natwest Island Games. Although it was recoated in 2001 and 2013, the current track surface has been largely untouched since originally being laid in 1991, and this project is primarily a response to this well-used sports facility nearing its 'end-of-life'.

Work required to extend the track to eight lanes for the full 400metres, as well as improve the current facilities, will include:

In addition, other works will benefit all users of the facilities, and include improvements to the drainage from the infield grass pitch as well as the installation of an artificial grass margin alongside the edges of the infield.

Although the track replacement phase of the project is scheduled for completion later this year, phase two of the project will encompass additional work scheduled to take place in 2020. This will look to maintain and improve the Garenne stand, including works to the roof; the installation of an accessible viewing platform within the main stand; and a complete refurbishment to the main toilet block on level one to improve accessibility options.

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