Thursday, 17 February 2011

Statement on change of usage of Indoor Bowls and Athletics Centre

Leeds City Council have today made the following statement to clarify the position on the proposed change of usage of the athletics element of the Indoor Bowls and Athletics Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport to turn it into a new base for gymnastics in the city.

A Leeds City Council spokesman
said:

“Following the announcement of the initial proposal on 3 February, consultation was held with all the key stakeholders and as result of those discussions Leeds City Council has decided not to proceed with the proposed change of usage of the Indoor Bowls and Athletics Centre.

“The proposed use of this facility was originated by Leeds City Council as part of our ongoing contribution to creating a strong new working model for gymnastics in the city. Discussions have taken place with the City of Leeds Gymnastics Club since November 2010 over future options, but neither they or Leeds City Athletics Club were aware of this specific proposal until both were briefed simultaneously as the starting point for the consultation.

“We are committed to the future of both sports, and wish to reiterate our continued backing to the City of Leeds Gymnastics Club as they look to develop a new model in the city to allow gymnastics to thrive.

“While work continues between the club, the council and British Gymnastics to identify a suitable new location the council will continue to support their use of the existing facility at Leeds Metropolitan University.

“We look forward to working further with both clubs and their governing bodies British Gymnastics, UK Athletics and Sport England to develop these sports further in the coming months and years.”

ENDS

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Roger Boyde, Leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk