'All their lives some kids, they’re told they’re never going to achieve anything’
Hackney BMX was invited to host sessions on Wednesday 11th April at Hackney Homes first Youth Involvement Day. A day for young people from local (Hackney homes) estates to take part in various activities and learn about opportunities available in their area.
Held at Urswick School, Hackney BMX put on a time trial course and mini BMX taster sessions for young people to have a go on zipping through cones and speeding out of the start gate.
Sonia Bradley – Youth Co-ordinator at Hackney Homes said on the activity:
“Hackney BMX ran a great outdoor taster sessions programme at the Hackney homes Youth Involvement Day, with a timed course, 15 bikes with all the appropriate safety gear and friendly and enthusiastic staff on hand the BMX area was a great success”
The event offered young people from the estates a chance to discuss apprenticeships with Hackney Homes, have a go at photography, get a holistic massage, play and try Olympic sports, play computer games and try for the first time for some BMX with a specialist British Cycling BMX Coach from Hackney BMX Club based at Haggerston Park track.
Sonia Bradley spoke of the young people attending:
“Young people who were not confident on bikes and had certainly not tried BMXing felt safe to try and have a go with the support of the staff and many stayed on for some time. Hackney BMX were an interesting and fun part of the day and something we will definitely look at including for future fun days and events. We also hope to work with Hackney BMX in the future to encourage estates based take up of BMXing on our estates throughout Hackney”.
From this event Hackney BMX plan to work in further partnership with Hackney Homes across their estates local to the track to enable them to engage more ‘at risk’ and vulnerable young people, as supported by Access Sports Sport for Change Project. Enabling young people the opportunity to take part and belong to something positive within their local community.