Eindhoven Athletics: Widen track or membership to be curbed

The large athletics track, located at the Karpendonkse Plas, has to be widened. According to ‘Eindhoven Atletiek’, an urgent widening of the track is needed. The association is growing rapidly and if nothing is done, curbing membership will be unavoidable.

The association has 1500 members and is, therefore, one of the largest in the Netherlands. If the track is not widened from six to eight lanes, the association cannot keep up with the growing membership numbers. The club wants to be able to continue to offer enough opportunities for young and disabled athletics.

Besides extra lanes, the Eindhoven athletics association wants to offer more opportunities for its 40 disabled members. At the moment, these members sometimes find it difficult to practice their disciplines as the current facilities do not allow for this.

Furthermore, the expansion will offer possibilities for larger international athletics championships to come to Eindhoven. With a wider track, Eindhoven will become an A-location, according to the association, and larger championships can be held here. ‘Eindhoven Atletiek’ would be the first to be able to bid on hosting the European or World Championships for the Disabled.

The widening of the track will cost about €150 000. ‘Eindhoven Atletiek’ wants the municipality to largely finance it. The association will cover one-tenth of the costs itself.

Source: Studio040
Translation: Melinda

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