Thames Valley Athletics Centre
Eton’s athletics are based at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre (TVAC), which is a regional athletics centre developed by the two local boroughs on the College’s former athletics track. Under this exemplary partnership between an independent school and the community, the centre is now shared by local clubs and other users with Eton.
The concept of the TVAC developed from an approach by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to the College. The Borough was seeking a new home for the Windsor, Slough & Eton Athletic Club for training and home matches, since the track at Vansittart Road in Windsor was no longer suitable and there was insufficient room to improve the facilities. The College welcomed the opportunity to share its track with the Club, since it would foster community use without detracting from the school’s own needs.
However, this proposal required Eton’s existing track (recently renovated, and fine for the school as it was) to be extended and the facilities upgraded to cater for National League matches and for visiting teams. The two boroughs of Windsor and Slough agreed to bear the cost of this upgrading. However, following consultation with the South of England Amateur Athletic Association, the British Athletics Federation and the Southern Region Sports Council, it became apparent that there was an excellent opportunity to provide a centre to fulfil a regional need, if an indoor sprint track and athletics hall could also be provided. This required considerably more funding, which was achieved by a lottery grant of £3.4M to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Thus the TVAC emerged as a cooperative partnership to fulfil local and regional need for high quality athletics facilities, on land provided by Eton College, and with funds provided by the local boroughs and by the Lottery. Eton College’s own use of the facility represents about 10–15% of overall usage.
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