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Cumbernauld to have first-of-a-kind BMX track in Scotland

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:42 GMT on Friday, 19th April, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD will soon be home to one-of-a-kind BMX track. 

Local residents will soon be able to get on their bikes at a world-class BMX facility following a £100,000 cash boost injection the Scottish Government's ‘Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund’.

The new development at Cumbernauld's Broadwood Loch will see a championship-level track being built where beginners, as well as advanced BMX enthusiasts, will be able to get active and test out their biking skills.

The project is backed by North Lanarkshire Council and supported by various other funders, and the £375,000 track will be the only one its kind in Scotland.

As part of the Scottish Government’s £10m ‘Legacy 2014’ fund, further North Lanarkshire facilities will be developed or revamp facilities across the country in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Speaking on Tuesday, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison announced the first 24 projects to benefit and urged more North Lanarkshire sport and physical activity projects to apply for a share of the £10 million fund.

Ms Robison said: "Communities across Scotland will directly benefit from the Games with the award of this funding to upgrade facilities across the country."

Other than the new BMX track, further Active Places funding has also been allocated to help towards the development of two new play areas in Cumbernauld and Wishaw.

Using an £18,000 award, a football kickabout area is to be created at Broom Road in Abronhill, whilst a £55,000 award is going towards a play area project on Wishaw's Tarbet Avenue. 

The new BMX will be managed by North Lanarkshire Leisure and commenting Raymond Reid, Chairman of Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Racing Club, said: "Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Racing Club are delighted to have received the Active Places award.

"It is a significant milestone in bringing a world class BMX facility to Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire. It's an incredibly exciting opportunity and it means children from as young as four can enjoy their first taste of cycling in a safe and controlled environment, whilst experiencing the thrill that is the Olympic Sport of BMX Racing."

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