MAKING TRAX IN BRISTOL Following on from the success of our cycling programme in London (over 17,000 young people taking part to date), the Making Trax Programme (formerly BMX Legacy) has now been launched in Bristol, building on the strengths of Bristol as a unique and growing cycling city. The aim is to achieve five brand new community BMX tracks and clubs, newly skilled coaches and volunteers for each track, new city-wide competitions and deliver BMX specific sessions directly into schools, pupil referral units, and SEN schools. This programme has the ability to expand cycling and BMX in Bristol. Why BMX? Cycling is important as it has the ability to be part of day to day life, improving health and fitness (tackling inactivity and obesity specifically) as well as delivering environmental and social improvements to whole communities. BMX specifically has a distinct appeal to young people, but it is a sport that is suitable for all ages and abilities. It is a brilliant way for people to learn to ride a bike, to become more confident and to learn new and exciting skills. Five new BMX tracks The five sites are to be situated in communities in Bristol that have the greatest need. The first two out of the five sites have been confirmed as Lawrence Weston and Hillfields. The site in Lawrence Weston will be a renovation of the current L’Dub track to a regional standard competition BMX track. At the second site in Hillfields, a new BMX track will be built in the location of the existing pump track behind Hillfields Youth Centre. Three-year programme Introduce 5,000 disabled and disadvantaged young people across Bristol to BMX Cycling Train 30 new coaches and recruit 30 local volunteers, leaving behind fully sustainable community clubs Each BMX track and club will have be equipped with all the necessary equipment (bikes, helmets etc) Initiatives coming to Bristol WINGZ BMXInclusive BMX for someone with a disability, impairment and/or additional needs. The movement started in 2015 by Access Sport, ensuring disabled people have access to quality local BMX. There are eight clubs and counting across England, with this expanding to Bristol. BMXERCISEA female fitness programme based around BMX, for women and girls of all ages and abilities. These social sessions are great to gain confidence on a bike, providing a life skill, all whilst getting fit. Due to their success across London these sessions will be included in BMX Bristol. Having a regional standard track in Lawrence Weston is really exciting. This track will inspire young people from the area to get on their bikes, take part in BMX and to compete at a good level. The track will be able to hold local competitions with other BMX clubs, giving young people the opportunity to socialise and thrive. - Tre Whyte, National BMX Champion, 2014 World Bronze Medallist and Access Sport Ambassador Taster Sessions are getting underway across Bristol... Key Partners of Bristol BMX Legacy Programme so far… How to get involved? If you would like to learn more about the Making Trax Programme in Bristol or if you have any questions, please get in touch. With the two new tracks up and running there are also lots of exciting new volunteering opportunities! Please contact Lucy Fisher for more information: Email – [email protected] NEWS FROM MAKING TRAX BRISTOL: MAKING TRAX BRISTOL SUMMER SCHOOL GAMES 2019 ACCESS SPORT ARE PROUD FINALISTS IN THE BRISTOL LIFE AWARDS 2019 WINGZ BMX RIDES INTO BRISTOL!