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SAPCA to publish new athletics code of practice © SHUTTERSTOCK/ PETE NIESEN

SAPCA will launch a new, updated code of practice for the design and build of athletics tracks this year. Produced in partnership with national governing body UK Athletics (UKA), the SAPCA Code of Practice for the Construction and Refurbishment of Athletics Track and Field Facilities will provide guidance to anyone looking to construct new – or refurbish

The new code outlines current requirements and standards

existing – athletics tracks. to help operators prolong

Primarily aimed at

“The updated code offers

architects, engineers, local

the life of the facilities

guidance on everything from

authorities and clubs, the

once they’re completed.

surfaces to accessibility,

There is also advice on

The code of practice is designed to help create well-designed, sustainable community athletics tracks

the maintenance of tracks,

Chris Trickey

code will outline the current requirements, specifications and UKA standards laid out for athletics facilities in the UK.

SAPCA chief executive

and also acts as a checklist

Chris Trickey said: “The code

to ensure UK Athletics

of practice is designed to

requirements are being

help create well-designed,

met, both during the

sustainable community

construction process and

athletics tracks.

when the facility opens.”

SAPCA appoints Andy Reed as first independent chair SAPCA has appointed

that the association and its

former Labour MP Andy

chair, said his primary objective

members have a valuable

Reed as its new chair.

will be to strengthen the

contribution to make.” “I also want to drive the

government’s plans to get

quality of the membership

who has held the position

people more physically active.

offer, so that people feel it’s an

First elected to parliament


role SAPCA plays in the

from outgoing chair Eric Page, for the past six years.

Andy Reed

government understands

SAPCA’s first independent

Reed takes over the role

I want to widen the understanding of the role SAPCA can play in building an active nation

Reed, who will become

sports policy expert and

“Building on the fantastic work Eric has done over the

organisation worth valuing. Reed’s appointment

in 1997, Reed spent 13 years

past six years, I want to widen

coincides with SAPCA’s

as an MP. During his political

the understanding – among

20th anniversary. According

career, he was involved in

the government and policy

to Chris Trickey, SAPCA

some of the most high-profile

makers – of the role SAPCA

chief executive, the timing

sports projects in the history

can play in building an

– while coincidental – is

of British sport – including the

active nation,” Reed said.

very appropriate as the

rebuilding of Wembley Stadium

“I want to ensure

association is “refocusing

and the bid to secure the

SAPCA remains part of

and reinvigorating” its

London 2012 Olympic Games.

the strategy and that the

activities and operations.



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