BMX TRACK IN NORBURY PARK?
Croydon could get its first BMX track and community club under proposals submitted for planning approval.
The council want to build the borough’s first BMX track next to the sports pavilion in Norbury Park. Built by British Cycling-approved contractors and funded from developer contributions to local projects, the track would open in the New Year if it gets planning permission.
The track would be home to Croydon BMX, a new volunteer-led community BMX
club for people of all ages and abilities, including toddlers and the disabled.
Schools and community groups would be able to use the facility in daylight hours during the week, with club sessions at weekends.
The group behind the idea is Access Sport, which supports BMX clubs and tracks across 14 other London boroughs. Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Programme was set up as a legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the charity plans to offer introductory sessions and coaching training for all local people through the new Croydon BMX club.
If the plans are approved, Croydon BMX will be supplied with all the necessary equipment including bikes, helmets, gloves and pads, which qualified local coaches will use in the community sessions.
Croydon council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Timothy Godfrey said: “Croydon has London’s youngest population, so if this goes ahead it will provide a safe, healthy and fun new community facility for young people in particular.
“Access Sport has worked with almost half the capital’s boroughs and helped cut anti-social behaviour in the process, and it’s important that such an experienced provider is on board to make this project a success.”
For more on the Norbury Park planning application, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/pm5shbt (Source: Croydon council press release)