“It is brilliant to see the positive outcomes, from a 7-year-old participant to parents and for the general community.” 
– Ollie Ireland, Community Activator! 

The community around Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground has high levels of deprivation and crime. Access Sport was brought in to build a BMX pump track to provide opportunities for young people in the local area and address some of the ongoing anti-social issues.

The pump track was opened in early 2022 and Access Sport employed a community activator to develop a community group at the track. The community activator supported the creation of the Hoblingwell Bike Collective, in collaboration with the Friends of Hoblingwell Wood.

Our team then delivered BMX sessions to local primary, secondary and Special Educational Needs schools. The team also engaged local partners, such as Bromley Youth Support, Saint Barnabas Bike Project and Dynamic Coaching, to create a network of organisations all working together to support local young people.

“The track has changed the antisocial behaviour in the park. The core group that was misusing the space have now changed. The track has been a big part of that – it’s the nucleus of the community.” – Ralph Ambrose; Chair, Friends of Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground

Young people turn up early for sessions eager to participate and there is increased respect between adults and young people in the community. Anti-social behaviour and crime has reduced since young people were given shared responsibility for looking after the equipment. The community has also been strengthened via group activities such as litter picks and open riding sessions.

“It is brilliant to see the positive outcomes, from a 7-year-old participant to parents and for the general community.” – Ollie Ireland, Community Activator

The influence of the BMX track has a benefit far beyond the physical and mental health benefits to participants, it has drastically improved the wider local community and created a real sense of belonging for local residents.