£366,000 Palmer Sports Stadium Improvements Complete

Palmer Stadium

WORK on Palmer Park Sports Stadium is now complete, including new track fencing, lighting and improvements to the cycle track.

There will be a launch ceremony on Saturday 11th March at 10am at the stadium to mark the completion of a number of improvements at Palmer Park Stadium.

Representatives from British Cycling, who have supported the Council by contributing £121,000 to the cost of the project, will be attending the ceremony, alongside the Mayor of Reading and Reading’s Lead Councillor for Sport, Paul Gittings.

When the old cycle track  fencing at the stadium’s velodrome needed to be renewed, British Cycling were able to both help specify and fund the replacement cost of the fencing. The work was completed by contractors, Arbus Ltd.

As part of the funding agreement, the Council set aside £245,000 in match funding for improvements to the stadium lighting, making a total investment of £366,000.  As well as match funding, the Council will also enter into a 10 year agreement to ensure track cycling continues at Palmer Park velodrome.

In addition to improving the environment for cycling, the stadium now offers a better quality facility for all users. The new fence is part of a wider series of improvements recently made, including new energy-saving stadium floodlights which provide far better lighting with bespoke levels of light for different sports and activities.

Elsewhere in Palmer Park, the electrical power supply around the astro-turf courts has been replaced, along with improved lighting using more energy efficient LED lamp fittings. All three of the football courts have undergone service and repair work.

Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Sport, said: “I’m delighted the improvements to Palmer Park Sports Stadium, including the fantastic new track fence, are now complete. I’d like to thank British Cycling for their generous financial contribution and to acknowledge the hard work from Council officers and contractors that has brought this series of improvements to completion.

“Longer term, we are also committed to investing in a new 25-metre, 6 lane pool in Palmer Park, linked to existing leisure and sport facilities.  We want to encourage our residents to be as active as possible. The provision of good quality, readily accessible sports facilities underpins this ambition.”

John Mills, director of coaching, education and development at British Cycling, said:

“It’s fantastic to see these works complete and for Palmer Park to be up and running as a cycling facility again. Traffic-free facilities such as this one are integral to our aim to ensure that everyone in the country has a safe, accessible place at which to develop their skills and confidence on a bike.

“We know how vital Palmer Park is to the local community, and we’d like to thank Reading Borough Council for their work to safeguard the future of the circuit. We, like them, look forward to seeing it used by thousands of local cyclists over the coming years.”



Photo opportunity: There will be a photo opportunity at the stadium at 10am on Saturday 11th March with the Mayor of Reading, representatives from British Cycling, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Sport, Paul Gittings and cycling club members.

Info about British Cycling

British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling as recognised by the UCI – the international federation for the sport.

Based in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport (BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway), from providing the support and encouragement people need to get riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain Cycling Team.

Continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation. There have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, and British Cycling is at the heart of this growth.

British Cycling also works hard to represent cyclists’ interests at all levels, including campaigning on important issues including road safety. As a membership organisation, British Cycling provides a suite of benefits and support to its members who currently number over 130,000. All membership revenue is invested back into cycling.


Victoria Nickless

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