London,
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July
2011
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Haggerston BMX riding high

Hundreds of young people are putting BMX on the Hackney map at the improved track in Haggerston Park, E9.

BMXers can be found bar spinning, table topping and tail whipping at Hackney Council’s refurbished £30,000 facility for young people. The improvements to the track were a result of consultation with local residents, BMX riders and the Haggerston Park User Group. And is part of Hackney Council s continued investment in its parks and green spaces.

Haggerston also has a new volunteer led BMX club, supported by Access Sport and anyone can join. It will start to meet every Saturday morning and one evening in the week during the summer. Classes will teach basic bike handling skills, more advanced BMX skills and hopefully even more advanced skills as the club members learn the ropes and improve. Bikes and helmets can also be provided for members who don t have them.

Hackney Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture said: “Hackney Council has been investing in and improving its parks, and now we have some wonderful facilities like the Haggerston BMX track.”

Joe McTague, Access Sport said: “We want the BMX club to provide access to quality and safe BMX sessions for as many local young people as possible.”

Access Sport has supplied the club with £8,500 worth of BMX equipment, including, bikes, helmets, pads, gloves, a practice start-gate, a storage container and a portable trailer to transport its equipment. Over the next two years, Access Sport will continue to support Hackney BMX to ensuring that the club reaches its full potential.

For more information about Haggerston Park, including details on how you can join the Haggerston Park User Group go to http://www.hackney.gov.uk/cp-haggerston.htm

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Find out more and learn how to join the BMX club at www.hackneybmx.com
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