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Nuneaton BMX Club shines brightly after funding boost

Published on Wednesday, 31st May 2023

Nuneaton BMX Club track under floodlights
Nuneaton BMX Club track under floodlights

Members of Nuneaton BMX Club are delighted that they can use their track all year round after the installation of floodlights.

The club has a licence of use for the BMX track facilities at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s site at Greenmoor Road and received £25,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) for installation of floodlighting and facility improvement works. 

The UKSPF funding was secured by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council with Sport England, Places to Ride also giving £23,322 towards the project.

Andy James of Sport England said:

“Projects and investment like this are part of our ambition to create accessible, affordable and safe places for everyone to get active up and down England.

“It’s a major part of our 10-year Uniting the Movement strategy, ensuring that wherever you live or whoever you are, there are ways for you to get active in a way that works for you.’’

Other funding included £4,250 from Warwickshire County Council Councillor's Grant, £2,000 from the Heart of England Community Foundation and the authority’s Active for Life team also contributed a grant of £1,000.

One of the key benefits of this project is these facilities can now be used all year around, before installation the track was only accessible to the club on weekends and in the summer months because of dark evenings. 

Cllr Julian Gutteridge, Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“This is fantastic news for Nuneaton BMX Club and its members.

“These floodlights will allow the club to use the track for far longer periods and we are grateful to the UKSPF  and Sport England for providing the bulk of the funding for this project.’’ 

Jake Tinsley, spokesman for Nuneaton BMX Club, said:

“The floodlights will allow the club to use the track for far longer periods and we are grateful to the UKSPF for providing the bulk of the funding for this project. 

“The lights will be a massive benefit for the club. The track was largely unused between November and March as our sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings could not run in darkness.

“This meant members had to travel to Birmingham, Redditch or Derby to train on a floodlit track through the winter.

“Nuneaton BMX Club has already produced regional and national champions and now we can ride and train throughout the winter months we hope to produce many more.’’

The lights will increase the number of sessions the club can run and means the volunteers can continue to maintain and repair the track through the winter months.

They also hope that more people will have the opportunity to go and see what the club is all about and maybe even jump on a bike and have a go.

UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6bn of funding for local investment by March 2025.

It aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Details of UK Shared Prosperity Fund.