ATHLETICS President Jennifer Dernie said a new running track is imperative to the club’s future progress.
Dernie’s remarks come a fortnight after students called for a new track to be built at the sports centre.
“A new track would attract more people to apply to the University. A lot of people would be encouraged by better sports facilities. It would boost students fitness levels, self-esteem and increase performance. At the moment, we are a bit of a joke when it comes to sports”, said Dernie.
AU President Tom Moore has also voiced concerns about the investment in sport at the University.
However, efforts are beginning to improve turnout through the introduction of a new Varsity tournament. The tournament, which is still in its planning stages, will first involve York’s athletes competing against an unconfirmed Irish university. The event is to include a series of road run events, with the possibility for other races.