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Gosport BMX club gets £150,000 to upgrade track

"We are overwhelmed and delighted to have secured this investment thanks to the support of the council."
Stuart Catford

Officers at Gosport Borough Council are delighted that the time and work devoted to completing and submitting an application for an Inspired Facilities Bid, from Sport England, has been successful.

Keen to build on the Olympic legacy of BMX biking, Gosport BMX Club, supported by Gosport Borough Council, were keen to establish a national standard BMX track. This project is just 1 among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £9 million of National Lottery funding from Sport's England's 'Inspired Facilities' Fund. Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities.

When submitting their application in January, little did the Council know their effort would be so well rewarded? The Club and the Council were both delighted to hear that a grant of £150,000 had been awarded to the Council in order for them to improve the BMX Track at Grange Road, Gosport and also install a brand new 'Pump' track for beginners.

Gosport BMX Club, which use the facility, have a big following and have seen several of their riders do exceptionally well at their sport, and at a high level of competition.

Sport England property Director, Charles Johnston, said: "The inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we've invested £102 million into more than 1,920 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs. It's great to see Gosport BMX Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from the fund."

BMX Club Chairman Stuart Catfordf said: "We were absolutely delighted to hear we had been successful. The new track will not only mean a great improvement for our members, but will also raise our standing in the BMX field which will hopefully mean we can attract even more events here, both national and maybe even international. This is good for the Club and for Gosport and we can't thank the Council enough for the work they put into preparing the successful submission which has made all this possible."

Chairman of the Community Board at Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Graham Burgess said: "This is great news for the club and for the Borough. Providing sports facilities which enable children to get out in the fresh air and compete in an exercise they enjoy is important. BMX cycling at the Olympics drew huge audiences, which has driven many more children into taking up the sport. So it's important we provide the right facilities to enable them to develop their skills further and maybe even become future Olympians themselves."

Many local communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and Voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £5 million to help upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to concert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.'