Get creative to help BMX group build top track

BMX demonstration as groups fights for skate park to be brought back to Carr Lodge Park, Horbury.'Martyn Walker
BMX demonstration as groups fights for skate park to be brought back to Carr Lodge Park, Horbury.'Martyn Walker

A BIKE group is calling for some creative energy to help them get a national standard BMX track built at Horbury Lagoons.

Wakefield High Flyers have been campaigning for the track since 2008, and now want to register as an official BMX group with the British Cycling Federation so they can host competitions with other BMX teams in the region.

Wakefield Council has given its support to the project and is helping the group raise money.

And now a competition has been launched inviting people to design a logo and strip which the group thinks will help them attract funding.

The winner will be given a brand new BMX bike.

Andrew Taylor, 41, chairman of Wakefield High Flyers, said the new track would cost about £150,000.

He said: “There’s nothing for young people in Wakefield, this is why we got together two years ago with Coun Alyson Ripley and started to campaign for this BMX track.

“Now it’s actually happening and it’s really exciting. The fact that Wakefield may have a national standard track is an amazing feeling and it’s down to all the hard work by the Wakefield High Flyers and the council who have backed it all the way.

“This competition is a brilliant opportunity for young people in Wakefield to be part of something special.”

Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for the environment said: “There are lots of young people in this area who enjoy BMX biking and a new track at Horbury Lagoons will offer a safe environment for them to indulge in their favourite pastime.

“We’re always keen to encourage young people to lead healthy lives and I hope that an official logo will help attract the funding to get this development started.”

Entries should by sent by post by 28 February to Andrew Taylor, Wakefield High Flyers, c/o Normanton Town Hall, PO Box 145, Normanton, WF6 2WB .

For more information email parks@wakefield.gov.uk