Velodrome Official Opening
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison MSP officially opened Dundee’s improved velodrome on Friday (Dec 7) following a major refurbishment by Dundee City Council.
Young competition cyclists helped mark the occasion at Caird Park, along with representatives of the council and sportscotland.
Bike racers Mark Stewart from Dundee and Eileen Roe from Fife joined the minister to officially open the velodrome.
The works cost around £320,000, with sportscotland contributing a grant of over £121,000 to assist the council’s investment in the facilities.
As well as upgrading of the track, floodlights and fencing were also improved.
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said: “The new and improved Caird Park Velodrome will provide an excellent facility for all up and coming cyclists.
Track cycling was, without doubt, one of the highlights of this year’s Olympics and I’m pleased to see this excellent resource in promoting physical activity and leave a lasting legacy that can be enjoyed for years to come.”
City Council environment convener Councillor Craig Melville said: “This work has transformed the velodrome and I am delighted that local cycling has received such a significant boost.
“Cycling is a popular sport in Dundee, with enthusiastic participants encouraged by clubs and coaches.
“We are also grateful to sportscotland for their funding assistance in this major project. I would also like to thank the Discovery Junior Cycling club for all their help.”
Councillor Melville added: “The city council is investing in sporting facilities across Dundee, so that people can take part in a range of activities and stay fit and healthy.
“I am pleased that this facility will help to enhance Scotland’s growing reputation for cycling excellence in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.”
Ian McGregor, sportscotland Partnership Manager for Dundee, said: “At a time when cycling has never been more popular, we are delighted to invest £121,111 in the development of Caird Park to ensure this venue with a long history has an equally long-term future.
“At sportscotland we are committed to developing and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels, and the redevelopment at Caird Park will not only pave the way for talented cyclists to hone their craft, but as a Community Sport Hub, will play an important role in providing opportunities for the local community to become involved in sport as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in making this project a reality.”
Craig Burn, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, the national governing body for cycling in Scotland said: “This is a fantastic redevelopment of an existing cycling facility which is going to a great asset to not only to the local club, Discovery Juniors, but also for the cycling community. With access to a quality facility to provide track coaching, racing opportunities and will assist riders with getting on to the first steps of the performance pathway.
“As part of the on-going development of the sport at all levels we actively support activities with a facilities focus, such as projects like we see here taking place at Caird Park. Quality facilities are a major priority for cycling and are vital to the development of the sport.
“We would like to say a huge thanks to sportscotland, Discovery Junior Cycling Club and Dundee City Council for all their hard work and making this project a reality.”
Press Release Date: Friday 07 December 2012