To celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Team East Lothian Athletics Club’s Community Athletics Hub, around 250 people attended a special event at the East Lothian Athletics Arena at Meadowmill on Saturday morning, with special guests including East Lothian Provost, Councillor John McMillan; scottishathletics CEO, Mark Munro and Councillor Jim Goodfellow.
With financial support coming from 4J Studios Limited and the Tyne Esk LEADER rural development fund, over £80,000 has been invested to enhance the existing Meadowmill facilities by adding a new roof to the spectator area, a covered exercise area right next to the track, and full pole-vault facilities, a first for East Lothian.
Paddy Burns, CTO at 4J Studios Limited, Anne Hastie, Vice Chair of the Tyne Esk LEADER Local Action Group and Stuart Donnelly, Trustee and project manager for the development cut the ribbon to open the new facilities. Mr Burns’ company, 4J Studios, based in Dundee and East Linton, is the developer of the Minecraft game for popular games consoles and has committed long term support to athletics in East Lothian. The Tyne Esk LEADER is a regional development fund created with money from the European Union and Scottish Government.
As Team East Lothian chairman, Graham McPheat said, “It’s less than 5 years since Team East Lothian was formed and in that time the club has become a charity, started delivering results with our performance squads and now look to inspire, engage and support the whole community to improve health and wellbeing through athletics.”
The morning continued with a series of fun athletics competitions with youngsters, including those from Dunbar Running Club; Haddington Running Club; Musselburgh and District AC and Team East Lothian all taking part.
Team East Lothian Trustee, Stuart Donnelly said, “It’s great to reach the completion of the project. Architect, Chris Rhodes has really been instrumental in getting everything done and must really be thanked. We’re now looking forward to seeing the whole community benefit from these new facilities.”