Historical value proves key to the future of Scotstoun

January 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

princessroyalA sense of history prevailed as Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal officially opened the newly refurbished Scotstoun Stadium today.
It was a fitting endorsement for the old venue – known to most Glaswegians as Scotstoun Showgrounds – following an £18 million redevelopment in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
As snowflakes fluttered onto the track and field outside, The Princess Royal praised Glasgow’s century long commitment to Scotstoun, and joked: ‘Perhaps what is particularly worth celebrating is that this space has been here for over 100 years and nobody has built on it yet!
She added: ‘Glasgow has wisely kept Scotstoun, which is now used even more than it ever was before. But possibly you may need to bring a couple of Clydesdale horses just to clear the snow!’
The new facilitates at Scotstoun include an outdoor 400m track, an events arena, javelin throwing area, shot put circles and a jumping section.
However, the conditions outside meant that the local young athletes were testing the indoor 123m running track and hurdle facility.
Claire McAuley, a sixth year pupil at The School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy, is a long distance runner who seemed very impressed with the new surroundings.
Claire, 17, already has five Highers under her belt from her time at Boclair Academy. Now in sixth year, she dedicates most of her time to sport.
She said: ‘The Royal visit shows how important the track is.
‘We’ll be here training four or five days a week. I’m working towards getting a scholarship and going to America next year.
‘I might stay in the USA for Uni but then hopefully come back here after that.
‘This new track will help keep young athletes here, and actually inspire athletes to come to Glasgow from elsewhere to train.’
Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council, was in a reflective mood as he lapped up the occasion.
He set out his own vision of what the legacy of  the Commonwealth Games might be and said: ”When I went to school in Glasgow, we were told to be proud that our city fathers in times gone by, ensured that there was a public park within walking distance of every home.
‘Now I am determined that by 2014 we will have sporting facilities that can be accessed by sports clubs and the general public within walking distance of every home.’