Greenock stadium to get £1.7 million upgrade

Ravenscraig Stadium in Greenock is to receive a £1.7 million upgrade to the athletics track and stadium facilities to allow it to play its part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ravenscraig Stadium in Greenock is to receive a £1.7 million upgrade to the athletics track and stadium facilities to allow it to play its part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The funding is part of a £23 million investment in leisure facilities announced by Inverclyde Council.

Former 5,000 metre Commonwealth athletics finalist Lawrie Spence from Greenock said in a statement: "This is perfect timing for local athletes hoping to make the grade for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"Some of the youngsters I am coaching have the potential if they are given the right facilities, and this refurbishment will turn Ravenscraig into a top-class track. Athletics is all about personal best times and if Ravenscraig earns the reputation as a fast track then people will travel to train and run here."

Councillor Jim Clocherty said: "It has been decades since money was spent on Ravenscraig Stadium and with the schools projects well underway this investment will help to transform the area.

"Clubs and community groups will have access to school facilities and a first class stadium they can be proud of."

It is anticipated that work will start in April 2010 and be completed by March 2011.

Councillor Iain McKenzie said: "We know how important sport and leisure facilities are to the future health and wellbeing of Inverclyde.

"Ravenscraig Stadium has amazing potential and this investment should bring it up to standard for 21st century sport."

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