A PLAN by Montrose and District Athletics Club to take its facilities into the 21st century will improve the quality of training for members and raise the club’s profile.
The organisation is raising funds for the installation of two all-weather training surfaces and a small number of floodlights at their ground at Marine Avenue.
The club was formed in 1985 at Montrose Aerodrome, which provided only basic facilities. The current training ground beside Montrose Sports Centre is owned by Angus Council, and has scope for improvement which will allow greater use of its facilities during winter months.
In a letter to local businesses and other interested parties, secretary Terri Lees says that despite the relatively small number of members, currently 60, the club has always punched above its weight at both district and national level competitions.
Only in 2009 one member became British Age Group Champion at the pole vault. Now in the seniors, he is Scottish Senior Champion and ranked number one in Scotland.
Terri goes on to say that the existing athletics facility incorporates a 400m grass running track, discus/hammer circle with nets, javelin throwing area, long/triple jump pit and shot putt areas. Some of these have to be moved about because of wear and tear on grass take-off areas.
There are also football and hockey pitches.
In addition to the club, the facilities are used by Montrose Academy pupils.
The organisation has received quotes for the work from two companies, and is looking at a price of around £90,000, excluding VAT.
Fund-raising events will continue to be held, but there is also a hope that some corporate funding can be found.
The club has already raised £8,000 through its own efforts, and when that figure rises to half the sum required, a lottery application can be made for the other half.
Angus Council will project-manage the scheme and it is hoped that the work might even be complete as early as next year.
Terri’s presentation includes letters of testimonial and recommendation from Montrose Academy and Lathallan School.
And her letter ends with a massive list of medalists and champions the club has produced.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the fund-raising can contact club coach Colin Christie on 01674 675259, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org