Team GB Athletes came together to open the newly refurbished track and associated athletic facilities at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, which was constructed by Smith Construction.
The £325, 000 refurbishment project comprises a six lane porous all weather track with eight lane sprint, a new long jump pit, a high jump area and new fencing. The project has been made possible by Birmingham City Council, Sport England and Ninestiles Academy.
Birmingham City Council and Sport England each provided £150, 000 of funding and Ninestiles Academy provided the remaining £25, 000. The project was constructed by Smith Construction under the Sport England ‘Inspired Facilities’ Framework. Smith Construction was selected in 2012 by Sport England to be a partner on their framework for the Design and Construction of Artificial Sports Surfaces.
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 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.’
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.’
Please see below a video from the official opening event;