Community Programme of the Year - BT Sport Industry Awards 2015


BT Sport Industry Awards 2015

Congratulations to Access Sport's BMX Legacy Programme who won the BT Sport Industry Community Programme of the Year, the annual ceremony took place at Battersea Evolution on Thursday 30th April 2015.

Mark Hardie and Joe McTague receive the award

Mark Hardie and Joe McTague

receive the award on behalf of the programme

The BT Sport Industry Awards are the most prestigious commercial sports awards in Europe and celebrates the 'best of the best from across the industry in front of a star-studded audience' (BT Sport, 2015).

The BMX Legacy programme was up against tough competition from other community programmes such as Budwesier, Club Futures; Chelsea FC, Chelsea FC Foundation; Invictus Games; London Evening Standard, London United; and Natwest/RBS, Rugbyforce. Through hard work and great success of the programme and all of it's partners, Access Sport was able to win the award.

Though there has been a well-documented cycling boom, however, Sport England statistics show this is not the case for young people, especially within poorer communities, women and girls, or black and ethnic minorities.

Access Sport has built new tracks, formed new community clubs, created innovative new resources, delivered targeted outreach, started new competitions, and supported new volunteers and coaches across London.

Brent BMX Track - Construction

Access Sport building the new track at Chalkhill, Brent BMX Club, in the shadow of Wembley Stadium

In 2014 alone, the BMX Legacy Programme engaged almost 8,000 people, with 60% of those being black or ethnic minorities and over 500 young disabled people, in deprived areas of London.

The programme is supported by a number of high-profile names, such as Sir Chris Hoy, who started his cycling career in BMX.

Access Sport hopes to continue this hard work and reach even more disadvantaged young people through sport.

Luke McCawley