‘The secret is belief. Belief in the youth, belief in myself and belief in my team.’
Ensuring an Olympic legacy in cycling for London's young people
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).
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.
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:
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 email@example.com 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/
Shooters Hill Road
Sessions: Saturday - Beginners 9.30-11am, Intermediates 11am-12.30pm.
Sessions: Sunday 10am - 12pm, Intermediates 12pm-2pm.
Gooseley Playing Fields
St Albans Avenue
Sessions: Saturday 10am - 12pm
Tower Hamlets BMX
Mile End Park
Sessions: Saturday 1 - 3pm
ELBO (Waltham Forest)
Cheney Row Open Space
Sessions: Sunday 1 -3pm
For further information about the BMX Legacy Project contact Joe McTague on 0207 993 9883 or firstname.lastname@example.org