Glasgow is one of the foremost athletics cities in the United Kingdom. Members of Glasgow Athletics Clubs regularly compete for Scotland and Great Britain at International Level.
Glasgow athletics clubs offer competition to suit all levels of athlete. They compete in the United Kingdom National Women and Men’s Leagues; the Scottish Women and Men’s Leagues and in local District Leagues and representative Teams compete in the Super 8 Competition Programme, the National Junior Athletics League and the Scottish Inter-Regional Competitions.
Glasgow attracts the highest quality International Athletics Matches and there are opportunities for Glasgow athletes to compete in these meets.
The Kelvin Hall International Arena has played host to a number of international stars including the legendary Carl Lewis and still attracts the world’s finest at the annual international indoor athletics meet. The 200m indoor track is a regular training venue for athletes from Glasgow and west of Scotland athletics clubs. In addition to the indoor track, other facilities associated include a small strength and conditioning gym, sauna, and access to some of the finest athletics coaches in Glasgow.
At Scotstoun, the recent £19.1m redevelopment includes an indoor 100m track plus a state-of-the-art strength & conditioning suite, video analysis, physiotherapy, and medical facilities. The 400m outdoor track and stadium have been refurbished making Scotstoun a truly world class training and competition venue for athletes.
Other training venues in the city are Nethercraigs Sports Complex and the East End Healthy Living Centre.
In additional to clubs based within Glasgow’s universities and colleges, there are a number of athletics clubs in the Glasgow area competing at a high level. There are no performance criteria for joining performance sessions or clubs.
The Glasgow Athletics Association organises the renowned Glasgow endurance training sessions which are held four-weekly throughout the winter months and in 2009 the first endurance sessions were organised during the track and field sessions. Information for the Glasgow Athletics Association with links to Glasgow clubs can be found at www.glasgowathletics.org.uk
High performance programmes in or around Glasgow
The Glasgow 2014 Athletics Squad exists to assist athletes and coaches of prescribed standards as the athletes and coaches strive to be the best they can be. To access membership of the Glasgow 2014 Athletics Squad, athletes must meet performance standards and residency/ club membership criteria.
Contact the Culture & Sport Development Officer or the Glasgow Athletics Association Administrator for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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