BMX track helps Hillfields get active
A NEW bike track and club is helping a Fishponds community to get active.
The BMX track in Hillfields is run by a volunteer-led community club and is aiming to make the sport as accessible to as many different people as possible.
It has been built as part of charity Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Programme, with the support of Bristol City Council, British Cycling, Sport England and the John James Bristol Foundation.
The new Hillfields BMX Club is being supplied with a set of specialist BMX equipment, so it can run regular activities every week at Hillfields Youth Centre in Thicket Avenue.
Sessions include ‘BMXercise’ sessions aimed at women and girls, disability-specific 'Wingz' sessions, after school and open club sessions.
Access Sport choose Hillfields for its second track in Bristol – the other one is in Lawrence Weston – because there is limited youth provision on the estate, particularly for sport.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “There is a need for sporting facilities and activities for young people to get involved in, as 41.6 per cent of children in year 6 in this area are overweight or obese.
“This free, open access BMX track is an excellent way to give the local community the opportunity to try a new sport, learn new bike skills and to undertake a healthy and active lifestyle.”
The facility includes both a pump track – a loop of dirt mounds and berms which can be ridden without pedalling – and a jump track. It was designed and built by track developers Architrail Velosolutions.
The charity said: “The track is inclusive, exciting and accessible for all ages and abilities, giving an incredible opportunity to those who live in Hillfields and in Bristol as a whole.”
Hillfields BMX Club sessions are held every Saturday from 2pm until 3.30pm, with the Wingz sessions running from3.15pm to 4.15pm.
John James Bristol Foundation chief executive Louise Hanson said: “John James Bristol Foundation is delighted to be able to provide match funding to Access Sport to enable this track to be built and to bring the opportunity of BMX to the Hillfields community.”
City council cabinet member for sport, Kye Dudd, said: “These BMX tracks are great news for Bristol and it is great that we have been able to work with Access Sport to inspire young people to get active as part of this. With more on the way, I hope that children around the city who may not have had access to sport in the past will have an opportunity to get involved and make the most of these great clubs and facilities.”
For more information about the Hillfields BMX Club visit the @HillfieldsBMX Facebook page.