London BMX in the news
Over the past couple of years a number of London BMX clubs and the BMX Legacy Project have featured in numerous media channels. Below is collection of footage from this media coverage, if you are aware of any others please let us know.
BMX to tackle anti-social behaviour and gang culture
In March 2013 BBC London visited Bow School in east London to see how they have partnered up with Sustrans and Tower Hamlets BMX to see how they are using BMX to keep pupils out of gangs. The Bow Riders BMX club is a pioneering project that hopes to be replicated across the capital and beyond.
BMX sessions for deaf young people at Hackney BMX
Hackney BMX partnered with The National Deaf Children’s Society in November 2012 to deliver a BMX taster session for deaf young people in east London and demonstrate how the sport is more accessible than many people would believe.
The National Deaf Children’s Society says that deaf children often end up being excluded from sports clubs, because organisers think they need special treatment.
‘1 Way Up’: The Story of Peckham BMX
Currently in Post Production, ‘1 Way Up’ is the story of Tre and Quillan, two teenage boys on the road to the BMX World Championships. They hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighbourhoods in London with the only thing they have – a bike.
BMX playing a part in re-inventing triathlon for inner cities
Ex British downhill skiing champion Graham Bell, British Triathlon star Vanessa Raw and Olympic Gold medallist Greg Searle meet triathlon's next generation as they take part in BMXC at the Hackney BMX track in Haggerston Park.
The project they were visiting offers children of all ages free coaching sessions in swimming, cycling and running.
Inspired by the Olympic Games – the story of Meeshaq
Meeshaq grew up in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford and since seeing the BMX racing at the Games, he joined his local Hackney BMX club. The way Meeshaq has taken up BMX, with such determination and dedication; he is tipped to go right to the top. Meeshaq talks of how he loves spending time down at the track with his friends and coaches.
Liam Phillips & Iwan Thomas “Turbo-boosting” the next generation
World BMX Champion Liam Phillips and Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas become a young BMXer's mentors in this episode of CBBC’s Turbo Boost. Over four intense weeks, Thomas from Hackney BMX is trained by the world's best to prepare him for his final challenge of competing at the Southern Regional BMX Championships in London.
Jenson Button tries out the new track at Merton Saints
Formula 1 World Champion Jensen Button may be used to break-neck speeds but in this Hugo Boss commercial from October 2012 he pays a visit to the new track in Mitcham, south London – home to Merton Saints BMX.
Chris Evans meets Liam Phillips for his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show Sport Challenge at Hayes Hawks
Chris Evans goes head to head with Jonny Saunders around Hayes Hawks in one of his Radio 2 Sporting Challenges. BMX World Champion Liam Phillips was on hand to show them a thing or two.
ESPN Brazil pays a visit Hackney BMX prior to the Olympic Games (in Portuguese)
Olympic standard BMX race track opens in Burgess Park
BBC London went down to Burgess Park, Peckham in August 2013 to see Peckham BMX celebrate the opening of the £1.1m Olympic-sized BMX track.
Funded by Borough of Southwark, British Cycling and the London Marathon Trust this track is the result of years of campaigning by CK Flash and will be an ionic training ground for future medallists and steer many young people away from trouble in one the country’s most disadvantaged areas.
BBC London's sports correspondent Adrian Warner spoke to CK Flash, the founder of Peckham BMX Club and Tre Whyte.
ESPN Brazil visit Access Sport to talk about Olympic Legacy