Enfield's new sports facilities have opened
By poppy_smith | Sunday, September 16, 2012, 12:41
Inspired athletes will be able to take advantage of first rate sporting facilities thanks to a grant designed to get people more active and find the next generation of Olympic champions.
Enfield Council's QEII stadium, a Grade II listed athletics facility, was refurbished by Enfield Council in a £3.5 million pound refit last year and was officially opened by London 2012 Olympian Margaret Adeoye yesterday (Thursday 13 September) athletics facilities recently.
The stadium, which is the home ground of Enfield Town Football Club has a new six lane track, two long jump/triple jump strips/pits, high jump and shot put areas and improved changing facilities installed as a result of money from the Council Football Foundation, the Mayor of London and the London Marathon Trust.
In addition to being the new home of the Enfield Town football club, the stadium is available for athletics hire by clubs, groups and schools.
Thanks to a £3,900 Enfield Residents Priority Fund grant, open access sessions are now available to members of the public on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Monday evenings.
Cllr Achilleas Georgiou, who officially opened the stadium with Miss Adeoye, said: "This stadium is an important element in Enfield's Olympic Legacy and will help us find the next generation of Olympic greats.
"This stadium has a rich history of hosting Olympic champions, with Linford Christie, Daley Thompson and Sebastian Coe all having graced this track and we want as many people as possible to dust off their trainers and come down her and take part."
The opening saw the Enfield Schools choir perform their Olympic song and attendees were given tours of the new facility to see the improvements that had been made.