Cycling is a unique and important sport because it can be embedded into every day living.  Not only is cycling good for individual cyclists and their health and wellbeing, but cycling can also deliver environmental and social improvements to entire communities and their surrounding cities.

And yet, despite Olympic success and booming participation amongst the middle classes, cycling among young people is actually in long-term decline – there are 40,000 fewer 16-25 year old cyclists today then ten years ago. Increasingly, young people in inner cities do not learn to cycle at all, especially those in lower socio-economic groups.

Since 2012, Access Sport has been delivering a unique BMX programme in deprived communities in London, including the creation of new BMX tracks and provision of bikes and coaching sessions to get young people cycling.


BMX has a very unique appeal and, having reached 18,000 participants in BMX over the five years, we have evidence that it has the ability to get otherwise inactive young people active, including disadvantaged young people, those who have never cycled and young people with disabilities.

In 2015 our project won the BT Sports Industry Community Project of the Year Award and from 2017, Access Sport is being backed by Sport England and national governing body British Cycling to turn the BMX Legacy Programme into a national youth cycling movement.


BECOME A FRIEND OF THE BMX LEGACY PROGRAMME

Access Sport is calling upon the cycling community and those who believe passionately in pedal-power to lend support to our campaign.

By donating £1k per annum - potentially just £50 per month net to a higher rate tax payer - you can be a friend of the Access Sport BMX Legacy Programme.

Your gift could enable two new volunteers to attend British Cycling Level 2 coaching courses and become equipped to engage scores of local young non-cyclists in the programme.

As a Friend you will receive invitations to attend or volunteer at events such as our termly BMX School games, and an annual invitation to one of our BMX club events e.g. Peckham summer barbecue.

You’ll also receive an annual report into how your collective impact as our Friends group is underpinning the exciting development of this programme as it reaches new communities and enters new cities.

We will also be encouraging Friends to get involved and interact with us and each other on social media.

Join us and help reverse the decline in youth cycling


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FRIENDS OF THE BMX LEGACY PROGRAMME

Ajaz Ahmed

Mike Dodd

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Peter Matthews