Date published: 16/08/2013
BMX world champion, Quillan Isidore and Olympic Development ProRider Tre Whyte will be amongst the BMX greats attending the launch one of the country’s only national standard track, the Burgess Park BMX track.
The £1.1m track will be officially revealed at a special event on 16 August 2013 from 12pm to 4pm. The eagerly anticipated track will be jam packed with plenty to keep the family entertained including face painting, a bouncy castle, BMX demonstrations and performances from local rap sensation Phreeda Sharp and local band Chickenwing All Stars. For handy cycling advice and repairs, Burgess Cycle Works will be offering their services for free all day.
The new track forms part of the transformation of Burgess Park, a recent Green Flag Award winner. The state of the art facility is also set to become the new home of Southwark’s premier BMX club, Peckham BMX, led by founder and former Choice FM DJ, CK Flash.
The Burgess Park BMX track is the latest Olympic Legacy project to be delivered by Southwark Council. As well as Southwark’s Olympic Legacy Fund, the track has been partially funded by British Cycling, Mayor of London's office and London Marathon Trust.
Tre Whyte, Olympic Development Rider, said: “I started out training at the Peckham track so I know what this means to the club and to young people in the area. Personally, it would have been amazing to have such a great facility in my local area when I was growing up. I'm sure so many young people are going to want to take up BMX-ing, it’s a great sport and I'm proud that the borough I grew up in is investing in it in such a major way.”
Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling, said:"It has been a wonderful year for Burgess Park since it was regenerated last summer. Not only has the park been nationally recognised with a Green Flag award but it has also hosted some of Southwark's most popular events. The new BMX track is a fabulous addition to the multi-purpose park and we hope that many come along this Friday to help us welcome Peckham BMX club to their new home."
Councillor Veronica Ward, cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and volunteering said: “Just over a year ago, we were all amazed by the sporting talents of some of the world’s greatest sportsmen and women during the Olympic games. We’re proud to be able to continue this legacy with a first class BMX track, one of the few of this standard in the country.”
The launch of the new track also comes on the second anniversary of the Peckham disturbances, commenting on this Councillor Ward added: “The community of Peckham has moved on tremendously since the disturbances so we are delighted to be able to support the local BMX club with a new home. The BMX track comes complete with the type of facilities these young people need to elevate their sporting careers.”
Kate Hoey MP, the Mayor of London’s Commissioner for Sport: “The new BMX track at Burgess Park is an excellent example of the kind of projects we have supported right across London through the Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund. I am delighted that, in partnership with Southwark Council, we are making a tangible difference towards improving grassroots sports provision and I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved in the project to date.”
David Golton, CEO of the London Marathon Trust, said: “The Trust is delighted to join in partnership with Southwark to provide this great new facility. We are sure that this new, state-of-the-art BMX track will prove popular with all levels of rider, helping those who are starting in the sport to improve and enabling those who are already proficient to increase their skills and, perhaps, move on to international level.“
Peter Cattermole, Regional Development Manager, said: “British cycling are very pleased to be able to partner with Southwark Council and other funders to build this fantastic new cycling facility. The new Burgess Park BMX track will allow many more young people to participate in BMX which has seen a huge growth in interest since the Olympics. This national standard track will allow people of all abilities to enjoy BMX and I’m sure that some will go on to compete at the highest level.”
Peckham BMX Club coach CK Flash, said: “We’re so happy to have a new home within Burgess Park, the new track inspires us to up our game and we’re confident that we can now take now set our sights on the Olympics.”
Since the announcing the Olympic Legacy Fund last year, the council has invested in various sporting projects across the borough including a newly refurbished sports hall, which completes the refurbishment of Camberwell Leisure Centre and partially funded the Herne Hill Velodrome refurbishment.
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