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).

 

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
  • Winner BT Sport Industry Community Programme of the Year 2015

 

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.

Phase 1

London spread

Achieved

  • 5 new BMX clubs
  • 5 new BMX tracks
  • Over 5000 young people
  • Over 800 new regular participants
  • Outreach to 75 schools and 20 community groups
  • 34 new cycling coaches
  • 160 new volunteers
  • BMX added into the London Youth Games for first time ever
  • Inclusive BMX sessions for deaf young people, Pupil Referral Units, youth clubs and Special Schools

 

Phase 2

 

London spread

Outputs

  • 7 new clubs
  • 5 new tracks
  • Creating a total of 16 BMX clubs in 15 London boroughs
  • Over 12,000 people engaged including activity for disabled and previously inactive      people
  • Over 60 new coaches to be trained 
  • 50 new volunteers, including specialist support from corporate partners
  • Opportunities for talented riders and coaches to progress on elite pathways
  • New competitions
  • Improved online community for London BMX
  • Access to Olympic Velopark

 

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 or to view all our clubs, check out the newly launched London BMX website at
http://londonbmx.co.uk/

 

 

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

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