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New BMX Centre: Words And Pictures

We take a look into the massive new Manchester sporting facility

Published on August 9th 2011.

New BMX Centre: Words And Pictures

MANCHESTER'S National BMX Centre has opened. 

The new £24m facility, based at the National Cycling Centre in Eastlands, will host major BMX events and the country's top riders will be training there ahead of the 2012 Olympics. 

Get across to Sportcity in East Manchester and take a look. The BMX centre is impressive and it’s in Manchester. 

But the centre isn't only for BMX World Champions like Shanaze Reade, it's for all Manchester residents to enjoy. 

Kids and cyclists will be able to take advantage of the facilities and 2000 seat arena during discounted ‘pay and ride’ sessions in the evening and at weekends. 

Confidential popped down on Monday night to see what was going on. We were charmed by the open attitude of staff who let us wander through into the main jaw-dropping indoor BMX arena.

Bmx 020Reception area

In fact the accessibility to both the BMX track and the main cycling Velodrome was encouraging. The people here clearly want to make their sports attractive and appealing to the widest audience. They want you to not only look but also to do.

The stats are these. The new centre has 2,000-seat arena within a 110,000 sq ft centre that contains an indoor and outdoor track, offices for 200 staff, cycle shops and a cafe.The cost of the building was £19m, with a further £5m spent on improving the surrounding area. 

There’s even a bridge over the Ashton Canal which announces entry to ‘the Velo Park’. 

Bmx 021New footbridge

Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, has said: “The opening of the National BMX Centre is exciting. The world’s finest will train here, and young people from East Manchester will get the opportunity to use the facilities and aim for the highest awards in the sport of BMX.” 

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, has said: “It will be really exciting for the public to try out some of the cycling activities that will be on offer at the National Indoor BMX Arena.  With National Lottery investment, the arena will be both a world-class venue for elite athletes and a local sporting facility for cyclists of all ages and abilities.” 

Get across to Sportcity in East Manchester and take a look. The BMX centre is impressive and it’s in Manchester. Confidential can’t wait to get down there, have a go, maybe even hold an event for readers. 

Open sessions for new riders to the track take place every day except Monday from 9am-11am, on Thursday from 4pm-6pm and on Friday from 5pm-7pm. Price: Manchester residents U16s £2, Adults £3.50, non-Manchester residents U16s £3.50, Adults £5. These may lead, depending on the abilities of the rider, to accreditation which in turn allows people to use the start hills.

The Great Britain Cycling Team can be watched training between 3pm-5pm on Tuesday and Friday and on Saturday from 2pm-5pm. For more information visit: www.thebmxlaunch.co.uk

The National Cycling Centre, incorporating BMX Arena, is at Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ.

Bmx 018Main arena

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