Thank you to all of our corporate volunteers who supported us at this amazing event!

On Tuesday 9 July, Access Sport hosted the London School Games at the Lee Valley Olympic BMX track. 

The event brought together over 100 young people from schools across London to race at an Olympic venue and celebrate their involvement in our Changing Sports Cycling programme.

With corporate volunteers from Workday, Sullivan & Stanley, Clearwater, Columbia Threadneedle and Perry Ellis the day was a fantastic success. Lending a hand to marshal the track, distribute bikes to participants, help at the start and finish lines, record results and present the medals, the volunteers were a huge help, so a big thank you to them all!

The London School Games is part of our Changing Sports cycling outreach initiative and celebrates our young people completing a 10-week BMX course. By providing inactive, disadvantaged and disabled young people with the chance to ride at exceptional venues like the Olympic Park, we hope to inspire their continued involvement in community cycling.

The young people competed in a classic BMX racing format. Each rider completed three motos to determine their seeding for the finals. The races offered riders an excellent platform to display their impressive skills.

A teacher from Woodford County Girls School said:

“The kids have all had such a good time. It’s nice to see their confidence grow each time they do it.”

The School Games highlighted the sportsmanship of the young participants. Throughout the day the young people displayed exceptional dedication cheering on all riders with unwavering energy.

A teacher from St Teresa's Catholic Primary said:

“It’s really fun! This was a last-minute outing for me. I haven’t been to an event like this before. The kids are really enjoying it. It’s fun. They like the competition here, even the ones that aren’t competing are cheering others on, which is very nice to see.”

Several teachers commented on the inspiration they felt seeing numerous young people from diverse backgrounds unite to foster an inclusive and uplifting atmosphere.

A participant from Woodford County Girls School said:

“I was really scared at the start because I was afraid of heights, but I think it’s easier when you’ve got the helmet on and you get used to it, you’re already down when you realise you’ve just done what you were afraid to do. I really enjoyed this session; it boosted my confidence.”

Events like this demonstrate the powerful impact of community sport on young people from marginalised communities. By uniting these young people and offering them the chance to ride in such an awe-inspiring Olympic venue, we have fostered a lifelong love of cycling and opened them up to the life-changing benefits of sport and physical activity.

Are you interested in attending Access Sport’s cycling sessions?

To learn more about our Changing Sports Cycling programme, please click the link below. 

Changing Sports - Cycling >