Future is golden for our clubs and firms

Summer holiday sports coaching sessions at Todmorden Sports Centre.
Summer holiday sports coaching sessions at Todmorden Sports Centre.

TODMORDEN looks set to have a golden Olympic legacy as businesses and sports clubs blossom in the afterglow of the London 2012 Games.

Following the success of Team GB, clubs in the town are anticipating a boost to their numbers and Todmorden-based firm Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products Ltd has picked up a contract to provide equipment for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

After providing multi-flow grating for the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in London, Quadrant will now develop and manufacture innovative, new pool deck grating for the refurbished Royal Commonwealth Pools.

Joe Norwood, Quadrant’s UK area sales manager, said: “The multi-flow grating is an excellent product. For both the Aquatics Centre and Royal Commonwealth Pool, we worked closely with all parties involved to help give the end client a spectacular and impressive venue.

“Naturally, we were all excited to see our work in place at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre and are proud to be involved in the next Commonwealth Games.”

Quadrant’s custom multi-flow channel and rail grating is designed to maximise the return rate of water for the unique design and construction of each pool.

After watching the heroic performances of the British sporting stars at the Olympics, many people appear to have been inspired to take up a new sport, with cycling and swimming among the most popular choices.

Nick Hartley, Todmorden Sports Centre manager, said: “The country has embraced sport. It’s been absolutely fantastic.

“Generally speaking, membership has never been higher.

“We have noticed things are busier. The pool has been busy.

“We have been running coaching sessions through the school holidays. They have been popular.”

Todmorden Sports Centre has its owns Olympic legacy to celebrate - a £50,000 grant secured earlier this year towards the refurbishment of its gym facilities.

It will triple in size and is due to re-open next month.

Phil Hodgson, from Todmorden Harriers, said the success of the Brownlee brothers, from Yorkshire, who won gold and bronze in the Olympic triathlon in London, will inspire more people to take up running.

“Running is something you can do come rain or shine, all year round,” he said. “All you need is a pair of shorts and running shoes.

“I think the Olympics has inspired a lot of people and it’s made a lot of people proud to be British. It will inspire people to go out and give it a go.

“I think we will have a few future Olympians out there in this area.

“Todmorden Harriers think of ourselves as a very open and welcoming club. Everybody is welcome to come and have a run with us.”

The coverage given to some of the lesser known Olympic sports has helped to raise their profile.

Ian Wright, from Calder Valley based White Rose Archers, said: “I think the Olympics have done all sports good.

“It’s given archery a considerable boost. Hopefully it will get quite a few people involved.

“We have done a few sessions before the Olympics with schools.

“Archery is a sport where people from the age of eight to 80 can get involved.”

The club’s next beginners course will be held in October.

John Ainscough, of Blazing Saddles in Hebden Bridge, said there has been a lot of interest in cycling in recent weeks following Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France win and the success of the British team in the Olympic velodrome.

“It’s been a great year for cycling,” he said.

“Quite a lot of people are taking up cycling again, bringing their bikes in for repairs.”

To celebrate the success of Team GB, staff created a special Olympics window display at the shop.