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New national BMX course delivers a sporting legacy

Fiona Sinclair, North Lanarkshire Council

Blog / Sport and physical activity
This weekend Scotland’s newest and best BMX track opened in Cumbernauld. The new track, which received Active Places funding, will inspire more people to get involved with the sport.

Broadwood BMX Track is a key part of North Lanarkshire’s Legacy and commitment to the development of sport. It is an ideal Glasgow 2014 Legacy project because it forms part of a plan within North Lanarkshire to get more people active and taking part in physical activity and sport.

Schools, clubs, elite cyclists and the public from all over Scotland will all be able to access the track during a wide range of sessions. The track will also be used for top class competitions providing entertainment for spectators and inspiration for young people to get involved in sport.

North Lanarkshire Leisure is delighted to be managing this fantastic European Standard BMX Track at our Broadwood sports hub. The Track is a high quality facility dedicated to the development of cycling within the local community and beyond.

North Lanarkshire Council, WREN and sportscotland provided the funding to enable this project to happen.

The track will boost development of cycling as a sport within the area. BMX is one of the disciplines that will be focussed on within the wider context of cycling development at Broadwood.

We have worked in partnership with the local BMX Club, the Centurions to get the project off the ground and they will use this facility as their home. Other clubs in the area will also use the facility to develop the sport of BMX.

Our Active Schools Team will be working with local schools to encourage use of the facility from August 2014 onwards. This will provide new experiences for the pupils and the chance to develop wider skills. Young people who enjoy their initial experiences at the track will then be able to go on and develop their talents further through holiday programmes, the club infrastructure and community use.