Councillors have backed £1.3 million-pound plans to transform the Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club into a world class athletics facility for elite and club athletes.
The club has had four Olympians pass through its doors, including Callum and Derek Hawkins who both represented Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Callum finishing 9th in the Marathon.
Renfrewshire council has allocated around £500,000 for the indoor training venue, which will feature facilities for Strength and conditioning, javelin, Pole vault, Horizontal and vertical jumps as well as a 60m track and indoor throwing cage.
Kilbarchan AAC Immediate Past Present, Jim Goudie, said: This development would offer us the opportunity to train in any weather, all-year-round, and make the On-X Centre a complete facility for elite and club athletes in Renfrewshire.
“We’ve had four Olympians pass through our club so far and we want to give our members the best possible chance to follow in their footsteps – this facility would do just that.”
Over 4000sqm will be transferred from community assets to the local club to continue with plans for the indoor facility that will allow year-round training, and is to be be built alongside outdoor track and field facilities at Linwood’s On-X sports centre.
Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “We’re committed to providing opportunities for local groups and residents to make a positive difference to where they live, and the Community Asset Transfer process is one of a number of ways that communities can make their mark.”
Scottish athletics have advised the proposal as an important project within the National Facilities Strategy, aiming to provide top class facilities throughout the country to increase participation and standards of performance in all athletic disciplines.
Colin Hutchinson, Head of Development for Scottish athletics, said: “Scottish athletics is delighted that Renfrewshire Council has agreed a community asset transfer with Kilbarchan AAC.
“The commitment from the club’s volunteers to get the project to this stage has been phenomenal and we are all extremely grateful to the generous funders that are contributing to the project. “
The club will continue funding opportunities secure the additional funds required to progress the project to the next stage.