Hammersmith BMX Club
Affinity Sutton launches White City BMX project to help young residents get ‘on track’
Located at Wormwood Scrubs, the BMX track will bring into use a currently neglected area and will form part of a larger Olympic sports regeneration programme coordinated by Access Sport following a successful funding application to the Mayor’s Participation Fund last October.
With funding now secured, Access Sport will be recruiting young people from the Affinity Sutton estate and surrounding area to help establish the structure of the BMX Club and develop the project into social enterprise as part of its sustainability plan.
Pam Bardouille, Affinity Sutton Resident Board member, said: “One of the main aims of this project is to increase the number of young people participating in a sporting activity at local level, whilst also promoting a healthier lifestyle through cycling.
“This will be a great legacy project and we hope the club will help to tackle local issues around youth unemployment via training and employment opportunities within the club’s structure.
“In addition, it will offer a fantastic opportunity for residents as club members will also have privileged access to the Olympic Velopark through Access Sport’s partnership with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.”
Helmets, gloves and bikes will be available onsite for newcomers to access whilst using the track. The successfully selected young people will be trained by Access Sport to facilitate the service as well as help to organise events and local and national competitions at the track.
The recruitment phase for setting up the club will start in mid February. Access Sport aims to train four cycling coaches and another six project volunteers to help sustain the project.
The building phase for the track is estimated to start in May 2014