BMX Legacy Project

BMX Olympic Legacy Project

Ensuring an Olympic legacy in cycling for London's young people

 

What is the BMX Legacy Project?

Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Project was launched in February 2011 and has created five new model BMX clubs and built five new BMX tracks in the Olympic host boroughs. These new clubs will feed into the Olympic BMX track that is due to open to the public in early 2014.  Access Sport has used its unique model of club development to work intensively over two years to develop each club into a sustainable, ‘new model’ community sports club. The project has been delivered with the support of the Greater London Authority, British Cycling, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and five Olympic host boroughs (Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest).

 

In 2012-2013

  • 3050 young people were engaged in BMX making a total of over 5000 for the project
  • 563 new regular participants were added bringing the total to over 800 for the project
  • Outreach to 60 schools and 15 community groups giving a total of 75 schools and 20 other groups over the life of the project
  • Many targeted sessions were run to reach a variety of groups such as inclusive sessions for deaf young people and sessions for Pupil Referral Units
  • 13 new regular cycling coaches trained resulting in a total for the project of 34 new cycling coaches

 

Awards

  • Winner PRO-ACTIVE London Project of the Year 2012
  • Special recognition Beyond London 2012 Sport Relief Innovation Award 2013
  • Winner PRO-ACTIVE London Club of the Year and London Coach of the Year 2013

 

What is the need for this project?

When construction of the multi-million pound BMX facility began at the Olympic Park in Stratford there was not a single BMX club or track in any of the 5 host boroughs. BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and following the interest generated by the London 2012 Olympics it is getting more popular.  BMX can provide a unique tool to engage disadvantaged young people in cycling that can lead to a lifelong commitment to sport, recreation and travel. Sustainable sports clubs have an exceptional ability to act as a hub for the communities in which they operate – forging links between local organisations such as schools and youth services with grass-roots sport.

 

Where are we now?

Over the first two years of the BMX Legacy Project Access Sport has worked with the 5 Olympic host boroughs of Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest to create:

  • 5 ‘New Model Clubs’ established
  • 5 new BMX tracks built
  • Over 4200 people engaged in BMX in less than 2 years
  • 205 new regular participants
  • 380 regular outreach participants e.g. schools
  • 1166 young people have been engaged at the clubs
  • 31 new coaches trained
  • 160 volunteers engaged
  • London BMX Forum – a democratic voice for local volunteers
  • Worldwide media attention including TV in Japan, Brazil & Norway
  • New competition structures created, including:
    • BMX in the London Youth Games for first time ever & becoming a point-scoring sport in 2013
    • First London BMX time-trail league
  • Corporate organisation support
    • GlaxoSmithKline, Barclaycard, adidas, Chain Reaction Cycles

 

How can you get involved?
Access Sport is always looking for people that want to get involved in our award-winning project. Whether that is helping one of the club’s with a website, volunteering at the sessions or being paid as a qualified BMX coach or bike maintenance tutor there is a place for everyone and we’d love to hear from you.
Please call 0207 993 9883 or email bmx@accesssport.org.uk if you’d like to find out more

How can you get involved?

Access Sport is always looking for people that want to get involved in our award-winning project. Whether that is helping one of the club’s with a website, volunteering at the sessions or being paid as a qualified BMX coach or bike maintenance tutor there is a place for everyone and we’d love to hear from you.


Please call 0207 993 9883 or email bmx@accesssport.org.uk if you’d like to find out more. For the latest information about BMX in London, check out the newly launched London BMX website at
http://londonbmx.co.uk/

 

 

The clubs

 

 

Greenwich BMX

 

Greenwich BMX

 

Hornfair Park

Shooters Hill Road

SE18 4PE

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/greenwichbmx

Website: http://www.greenwichbmx.com/

 

Sessions: Saturday - Beginners 9.30-11am, Intermediates 11am-12.30pm.

 

 


Hackney BMX

 

Haggerston Park

Goldsmith’s Row

E2 9BP

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HackneyBMX

Twitter: @HackneyBMX

Website: http://hackneybmx.com/

Sessions: Sunday 10am - 12pm, Intermediates 12pm-2pm.

 

BMX-treme (Newham)

 

Gooseley Playing Fields

St Albans Avenue

East Ham

E6 6HU

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002233134050

Sessions: Saturday 10am - 12pm

 


Tower Hamlets BMX

 

Mile End Park

Burdett Road

E3 4TN

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TowerHamletsBMX

Website: www.towerhamletsbmx.co.uk

Sessions: Saturday 1 - 3pm

 

 

 

 

 

ELBO (Waltham Forest)

 

Cheney Row Open Space

Billet Road

Walthamstow

E17 5ED

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ELBOCC

Website: www.elbocc.co.uk

Twitter: @ELBO_Legacy

Sessions: Sunday 1 -3pm

 

For further information about the BMX Legacy Project contact Joe McTague on 0207 993 9883 or bmx@accesssport.org.uk

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