A bid for major improvements to a cycling facility has finally come to fruition, as Bruntwood Park BMX Club unveiled a new look BMX track in Stockport this weekend.
The BMX track has been upgraded to national competition standard in a major project worth £300,000, which also includes improved facilities, new coaching sessions, a newly formed club and improved routes into the park.
It is hoped the improved track, which will bear the Games' Inspire mark, will attract BMX enthusiasts and people new to the sport.
With support from British Cycling, Stockport Council’s Greenspace Team put in a bid and secured funding for the track from Sport England’s ‘Inspired Facilities’ fund, which is part of the £150m ‘Places People Play’ Olympic legacy programme. The BMX track has also benefited from funding from Stockport Council’s Formal Sports Sums.
Additional funding of £14,000 has also been secured from The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, to provide coaching sessions for young women, youngsters at risk of offending, people from Stockport’s priority neighbourhoods and young people with a range of learning, behavioural and physical disabilities.
Alex Scoular, British Cycling Regional Development Manager, said: “It is fantastic that this track has been re-developed after years of planning from local volunteers.
“We were thrilled to support the bid for Sport England Inspired Facilities funding and would like to thank Stockport Council for the efforts they have made to reach this point. We look forward to working with Bruntwood Park BMX Club to develop cycling for young people in the future.”
The BMX track officially opened on Saturday 5 April, with top UK BMX and Freestyle riders showcasing their racing and jumping skills.
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