Leicester Huncote Hornets BMX Club was founded 8 years ago. After constantly loosing promising older riders to clubs further afield, who had outgrown the small facility and needed full size tracks to train on, the Club began the fundraising campaign to build a larger track. A National Lottery grant, other funding and donations made their vision a reality. They are now able to host national standard competitions and have welcomed the return of lost members.
"It was a long time coming," said Treasurer Guy Phelan. "There were lots of meetings, lots of issues and at times we didn't think it was ever going to happen. When it was all done we hosted the Midlands' BMX championships for the opening. There were about 500 riders from all over the country and 1,500 spectators."
Guy works full-time but has somehow found the time to turn the track into a focal point for hundreds of young people, including his ten-year-old son Arlo. "When you stand back and look at the new track and then turn and look at the old one it's an amazing feeling," he said. "It's nice to leave something for the kids and the community."
The club is continually working to increase membership numbers and link up with more schools and community groups so more people in Leicestershire have the opportunity to take part in this sport. The club is fully inclusive and now runs sessions for local schools, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
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