UKSI Cymru centre accreditedSubscribe
Andy Probert 18 April 2001
UK ATHLETICS, the national governing body for the sport of athletics in the UK, has accredited UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) as Wales' first UK Athletics High Performance Centre (HPC).
The HPC status will mean that athletics facilities at UWIC such as the National Indoor Athletics Centre will act as the base for selected elite UK athletes under the guidance of the HPC manager.
The centre forms part of the Welsh element of the UK Sports Institute - UKSI Cymru - and will allow athletes and coaches to take advantage of the support structures which come with HPC status, such as specialist sports science and medical support available from within the UWIC and the Sports Council for Wales infrastructure. The presence of a significant number of elite athletes in the Cardiff area together with the superb indoor facilities make a great combination for future success.
MAX JONES, UK Athletics Performance Director, said: "UK Athletics looks forward to working with athletics in Wales as we seek to deliver our High Performance Strategy across the UK at this very important stage in the development of the sport. Wales has made a significant impact at major championship level over the past decade and the concept of a High Performance Centre in Cardiff should ensure that this success continues into the foreseeable future."
Meanwhile Gareth Davies, Chairman of the Sports Council for Wales and UK Sports Institute Board member, commented: "Athletics in Wales is going from strength to strength. With more Welsh competitors than ever before competing on the world stage, we aim to build on current success to create even more track and field stars for the future."
"UWIC's High Performance Centre will deliver excellent facilities for Welsh athletes, working hand-in-hand with the system of support provided by the Athletics Association of Wales and the Sports Council for Wales' comprehensive Élite Cymru programme."