Athletics stadium on track to stay open

Published Tuesday, 24th February 2015
Running track at Herringthorpe
Herringthorpe running track

Herringthorpe Athletics Stadium has been saved from closure after the Council identified budget savings to reinstate the facility from April 1.

The lifeline is good news for Rotherham Harriers Athletics Club which is based at the stadium, along with the many schools and various groups that use the facility.

As a result of the most recent need to make savings the stadium has been operating on reduced opening hours until alternative methods of management could be considered.

David Burton, Director of Streetpride for the Council, said: "We have looked at alternative management arrangements, and whilst there has been some interest, there haven’t been any viable long term solutions. The impact of closing the stadium would be a great loss to all who use it and would seriously affect the development of sport, and in particular athletics, for people in the borough."

He added: "The Council’s Leisure and Green Spaces team have worked hard to develop the services it provides. As a result of this we believe savings can be made from changes in how the budget is managed and from extra income generated."

The stadium has seen a small increase in income and has the potential to raise more funds. There is also potential funding from organisations such as Sport England and the Football Association which might support future improvements.

Steve Gaines, Club Secretary of the Rotherham Harriers Athletics Club said: "This is great news for everyone at the club and for the local community. There are no other running tracks in the borough so to lose this facility would seriously damage the opportunities for people to take up what is one of the UK's most successful sporting activities."