Work gets underway to build Olympic standard BMX track in Cumbernauld

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 18:26 on 3 May 2014.
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The plans for the new BMX track, at Broadwood.

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WORK is now well under way to construct a brand new, state-of-the-art BMX track in Cumbernauld. 

North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government announced last month that five grants were to be handed out from the Scottish Government’s £10million Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund. A project to construct a new BMX track in Cumbernauld was named as one of the lucky projects.

After being awarded £100,000 from the Scottish Government's Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, work is now well under way to construct a brand new, Olympic standard BMX track adjacent to both Broadwood Stadium and Broadwood Loch.

The development is now well under way with contractors Clark & Kent, who built the London 2012 Olympic Track, onsite and working hard to construct the championship-level track, which will allow the most novice to the most advanced BMX enthusiasts to get active and test of their skills.

Raymond Reid, Chairman of Cumbernauld’s Centurions BMX Racing Club, welcomed the funding boost and said he and his Club were “delighted” that the project would be able to go ahead.

He 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.” 

Backed by North Lanarkshire Council and supported by various other funders, the some £375,000 track will be managed by North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd; and, when complete, it will be the only one its kind in the whole of Scotland.

In addition to the new BMX track at Broadwood Stadium, Further Active Places funding has also been paid out to help towards the development of two new play areas in both Cumbernauld and Wishaw.

Using an £18,000 award, a football kick about 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. Both developments will provide local children with new and improved recreational facilities for keeping fit, with North Lanarkshire being one of the first areas in Scotland to benefit from the £10million funding pot, which aims help finance to develop and revamp facilities across Scotland in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison today 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.

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

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