The Ilkley CATF

Our project is to provide a purpose built Compact Athletics Training Facility (CATF) to support the Wharfedale community with a quality track and field athletics facility; and provide a continuing pathway for athletes beyond the great foundations of the Junior Ilkley Harriers programme. This facility would be a major asset for the local area, thereby promoting continued participation in athletics and helping individuals to experience, enjoy and achieve their athletics potential.

The project is part of a scheme to build a sporting centre of excellence at Ben Rhydding and Ilkley Grammar School playing fields which would include athletics, football and hockey.


The Ilkley CATF will be an L-shaped design wrapped around two sides of Ilkley Town AFC proposed 3G football pitch. The football build will be completed in November 2017 and the athletics build added in spring/summer 2018.

The CATF is 15m wide to the south and 17m wide to the east. The southern strip has an 8 lane all weather 100m running straight leading into a jumps pit. The eastern strip has provision for all the throws on marked hard standing, a throws wall and high jump area (including open covered building). The grassed area to the east will double up as a throws landing area and provide space for endurance running. North of the jumps pit there will be an open marked up tarmac area suitable for agility, balance, coordination and general strength and conditioning sessions.

The artistic impression at the top of the page was kindly produced by Sense of Space Architects.

The 3D visuals below produced by JBA Consulting give an impression of the proposed layout.  (There have been some changes: the track is now on the South side of the football pitch.)


The whole project is massively exciting for the junior section of Ilkley Harriers where we are desperately in need of facilities. It will help us reduce waiting lists and also develop Track & Field athletics. The facility will accommodate large numbers across the majority of disciplines and will have the capability of taking an individual from newcomer to national standard without the need to travel long distances to train. Ilkley Grammar School students and local Primary school children will also benefit from having all year round athletics facilities on their doorstep.


Planning permission was granted in May 2016 and will remain valid for 3 years. The cost of the CATF is over £300k which at this present time is too much to raise. However the beauty of the design is that by removing two elements that can be added later (the high jump area and building and the throws wall) a smaller more affordable footprint can be built now at a cost of £230k. In addition there are an estimated £55,000 of professional, legal, project managing, car park build costs.

CATF Business Plan Dec 2017

Appendix to Business Plan: SurveyMonkey usage survey

Further details on the potential of Compact Athletics Training facilities can be downloaded from the link England Athletics Compact Athletics Training Facility


It is our challenge to raise £285,000 + VAT through fundraising, funding and members  loans. More on our Fundraising page