The Infrastructure Projects Working Group is led by Keighley & Craven AC and chaired
by John Dennis. Its current activities are as follows:
Mass-Participation Events: Building the ability to put on mass-participation events in Bradford, Leeds and Airedale
1. Supporting the BigK 10k, Bradford 10k, Bradford CityRun and races such as the Baildon Boundary Way, Guiseley Gallop, and Esholt 5k series. In particular this involves agreeing a medium-term calendar with relevant parties, and assisting with the implementation of the events.
2. Assisting Bradford ParkRun, Race for Life and other organisations. In particular this involves integrating Bradford ParkRun locally with the official sport through Airedale Athletics and with England Athletics.
3. Developing clearer competition structures, which is an activity being undertaken in conjunction with the West Yorkshire inter-network management group.
Run-in-England Courses and Related Facilities: Creating permanent courses on which everyone can train
In this area the group is working with relevant local authorities, public and private landowners, and with Run-in-England.
4. Cross-country course at Cliffe Castle Park, Keighley, established in 2010. This involves increasing use by Keighley & Craven AC and other users, and establishing a monthly series of winter-spring Open Kross Challenges over 650m, 3.5km and 5.5km
5. Courses are being planned and designed for Peel, Bowling, Northcliffe and Myrtle Parks, with Bradford Council’s Parks & Landscape Services Dept. In 2011 the priority is for courses to be laid at Northcliffe and Bowling Hall Parks, in conjunction with existing orienteering courses.
6. A course is projected along the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. However, this requires the support of British Waterways. Phase 1 involves starting discussions involving British Waterways and Bradford Council to explore the route from Apperley Bridge to Bingley.
7. Strategic development of outdoor endurance sports sites; working with related sports in all these courses. The implementation of these will be medium-term.
Developing New Facilities
8. New track-and-field facility, clubhouse and facilities for the disabled at University Academy Keighley. The old Greenhead track has been rebuilt and limited access is available from November 2010, but – when the whole site is released from contractors to the school – the facilities will include a new track, a separate field events area, and indoor facilities for able-bodied and disabled participants, plus a leisure/clubhouse area.
9. Future outdoor or indoor facilities at Tong Sports College. This is a projected development for athletics for beyond 2012.
10. Improved facilities at clubs.
The expected numbers of beneficiaries during the current year are: 3220, including 500 athletes and 10 coaches, and the remainder being unattached athletes in the mass-participant events.
The England Athletics subsidy this year for these activities is £800. Additionally the group expects £2400 of support-in-kind from Bradford MDC in establishing the two permanent courses. The group expects to commit 180 hours of volunteer time on these projects.