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Seb Coe inspects new athletics track at QE11

Published Wednesday, 14 July 2010

On Monday 12th July, Seb Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) visited the newly resurfaced athletics track at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Donkey Lane, Enfield.

This track and its stadium building were opened in the Queen's coronation year in 1953. The Grade ll listed building will be renovated in the next phase of planned works.

Seb Coe trained at the Enfield stadium in the 1980s and was followed by other famous athletes - Daley Thompson, and Linford Christie.

He said, ""I competed at the QEII stadium as a young athlete.  It holds some special memories for me and helped to shape my career.

"London 2012's vision has always been to use the power of the Games to inspire change, and Enfield demonstrates how Londoners are taking advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunity of staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

"With this track upgraded in good time for the Games, I look forward to it attracting local young athletes to track and field so that they too can fulfil their sporting potential. 

"Who knows whether the next Jessica Ennis or Daley Thompson will be among them, but Enfield should be proud it has the facilities here to help them succeed."

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for youth, leisure, culture and Olympics, added, "We want to show Lord Coe how we in Enfield are supporting the London Olympics and we shall have 60 children and young people from local schools demonstrating their skills.

"We have also invited leading representatives from Enfield's sports community who are keen to hear what contribution they can make towards a successful London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012."

Cllr Charalambous continued, "The new track has a durable surface guaranteed to last more than 20 years. It will provide an ideal training venue for local schools and athletics clubs and help in the boroughwide campaign to get 'Everybody Active'.

"The central arena of the stadium will be used by Enfield Town FC for all its league matches and Enfield Town Ladies FC will also move to the site to develop girls and ladies football in the borough. When it is finally completed the QE2 Stadium will be a wonderful asset for everyone to use and enjoy."

Enfield Council is awaiting the outcome of bids to the Football Foundation and the London Mayor's Legacy Fund for the completion of the works.

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