Delivering on the Olympic legacy: new track at Fox Hollies

By on 18/10/2013 in News

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Team GB athlete and school children at the refurbished Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

Evidence of helping to deliver the Olympic legacy will be unveiled at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre as its new track is opened by members of Team GB athletes.

The £325,000 refurbished athletic track comprises of a six lane porous all weather track with eight 100m lanes. The project has been made possible by Birmingham City Council, Sport England and Ninestiles Academy.

The facility in Yardley includes a new long jump pit, a high jump area and new fencing.  Birmingham City Council and Sport England each provided £150k funding and Ninestiles Academy provided the remaining £25k. The track will be officially unveiled at the Centre on Thursday Oct 17 at 4.30pm: Shirley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham.

On the opening day Michael Rimmer, Team GB 800m International Athlete, and Leon Baptise, a former Team GB Athlete and 100m/ 200m Commonwealth Medallist, will be coaching children from Ninestiles Academy alongside Sparkhill Harriers coaches.

Lord Sebastian Coe, The Prime Minister's Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador and Chair of the British Olympic Association, said: “This is another excellent example of investment going into community and grass roots sport and supports the aim of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire a generation to choose sport. I look forward to hearing about the ongoing benefit this facility has for the community in South Birmingham.”

The official opening will also involve Sparkhill Harriers Athletics Club, who are based at the facility, and Ninestiles Academy along with local councillors.

Yardley District Chair, Cllr Sue Anderson, said: “This is a magnificent facility for the area, I'm delighted that local people whether that be teenagers, adults or school children will be able to use these new facilities. Fox Hollies Leisure Centre is the home of Sparkhill Harriers, it will now become a channel for the Olympic legacy to flourish and for the people of Yardley to be involved.”

Gaetano Ferrante, Principal of Ninestiles Academy, said: “We are delighted that our students will have the benefit of using the newly refurbished facilities.  This can only encourage their interest in athletics and sport which is a cause for celebration.”

Former Olympian athlete, Christina Boxer, will also attend the opening. As Chair of the Birmingham Athletic Network she's an influential driver in the refurbishment, working closely with Sparkhill Harriers and Fox Hollies Leisure Centre.


For more media information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

Notes to editors

  • The refurbishment of Fox Hollies Leisure Centre was also possible through additional support for the Inspired Facilities funding application provided by Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership (BSPAP) and England Athletics.
  • The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

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