Athletics club to remain open in Rotherham

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Herringthorpe Athletics Stadium in Rotherham has been saved from closure.

Rotherham Borough Council found budget savings to allow the stadium - home to Rotherham Harriers Athletics Club and used by schools and various groups - to remain open.

It had been operating on a reduced opening hours basis while council chiefs looked at its future.

David Burton, Director of Streetpride for Rotherham Borough Council, said: “We have looked at alternative management arrangements, and whilst there has been some interest, there haven’t been any viable long term solutions.

“The impact of closing the stadium would be a great loss to all who use it and would seriously affect the development of sport, and in particular athletics, for people in the borough.

“The council’s Leisure and Green Spaces team have worked hard to develop the services it provides. As a result of this we believe savings can be made from changes in how the budget is managed and from extra income generated.”

Steve Gaines, Secretary of Rotherham Harriers Athletics Club, said: “This is great news for everyone at the club and local community.”