On track for Royal opening
The Blackbridge athletics track is to get the Royal 'seal of approval' when it is formally opened this month (Thursday Feb 21)
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, will officially open the facility which it is hoped will inspire a new generation of Olympic champions.
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The track, off Podsmead Road, has undergone a £380,000 makeover financed by Gloucester City Council, Sport England and local athletes.
It has a new running track, along with long jump, shot putt, hammer throw and steeple chase facilities.
It will be run by Gloucester Athletics Track Management Ltd and will enable a range of club and county fixtures to take place.
Richard Blackwell, a Director of the charity, said: "This is a huge honour not just for the new track but for the sport in the City. It is a great privilege to be afforded a Royal visit and we are extremely grateful to the many people who have made this event possible.
"We know that this is a school day, but we hope that as many of our younger members as possible will be able to take the time off from their schools to attend the ceremony. Ideally, we want to be able to stage some demonstration training sessions to Her Royal Highness so that she can see just how we are inspiring the new generation of athletes in the City."
Councillor Colin Organ, City Council cabinet member for housing, health and leisure, commented: " With the Queen's jubilee and the Olympics last year this is a fabulous legacy for our young people. I hope that many of them have been inspired to take up sport and that this revitalised track will be the launch pad for future champions.
"We are delighted and honoured that Her Royal Highness is coming to Gloucester to officially open this facility."
The Princess Royal's visit takes place on the morning of Thursday 21st February, when she will be received by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, and will be introduced to not only the people who made the new track possible but also to those who will be responsible for running the facility in the future.