McArdle build prestigious athletics track used by Olympic teams for IAAF World Championships pre-training.

McArdle Sport Tec were thrilled to be chosen by the University of Birmingham after a competitive tendering process to build a prestigious athletics track. Built to international training standard, the porous Stobitan track has been finished in a stunning deep red. The eight lane athletics track includes, floodlighting, throwing and jump facilities with a 7000m² natural grass in-field.

The University, currently ranked in the top ten for sport in the UK; pride themselves on nurturing and encouraging talented new athletes to study at the campus. One such pupil is Sarah McDonald currently representing Team GB in the 1,500m at the World Athletics Championships, in London. The high-quality sporting facilities attracts renowned worldwide Olympic teams as the facility of choice for training practice before major competitions.

Director of Sport at the University, Zena Wooldridge OBE commented:

“We’re very fortunate to have such a superb new athletics track on a magnificent leafy site. Athletics is a key sport for the University of Birmingham and it will make a huge difference to our athletes’ training to have such a fantastic track so close to the main campus.

I hope our student athletes and the young athletes from BRATS and local schools will be inspired by the new track and its Jamaican inauguration, and we look forward to seeing more of our own stars of the future training here.”

The athletics track was constructed on overgrown woodland leased from the Schools of King Edward V. Situated on the edge of the campus, the new facilities will be home to not only the University but King Edwards School, King Edwards VI high school for girls; and other local athletics clubs.

Simon Hedges Contracts Manager for this project commented:

“A considerable amount of work was undertaken to clear the site and to level the earthworks. However, it was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with this project, as athletics tracks especially to this standard and specification are rarely constructed in the UK. Our team worked extremely hard to ensure that the tracks were completed on time to ensure that a well-known Olympic athletics team could train on site prior to the IAAF World Championships took place in London. We are extremely honoured to be involved in this construction.”

“We are delighted to have been able to support the University in the development of this impressive new facility. Not only will our own pupils benefit from the use of the track for games lessons, fixtures and sports day, but through our extensive outreach programme it will also give primary school children across the region the opportunity to train on the same site as Olympic athletes.”

Dr Mark Fenton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School.

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