Dads hope to raise £100,000 for a new BMX track at Kendal

FIVE South Lakeland dads have come together to set up a campaign to raise £100,000 for a new BMX race track for Kendal.

The members of Kendal and South Lakes BMX Club were all once BMX racers and are trying to bring what is known as a regional standard track to the town, through fundraising, sponsorship and lottery grants.

The type of track they want would form part of a network in the North of England, which is currently made up of 13 clubs and tracks – all of which are south of Preston.

Stuart Parker, from Windermere, who set the wheels rolling for the campaign, said: “It was kind of my idea really. It all started as five dads wanting a BMX racetrack for their own kids but has now turned into us wanting to do it for us dads too.”

A regional track is a higher standard of track and it’s hoped it could boost the local economy, by attracting people from all over the region for race weekends to represent their clubs.

BMX Racing is currently thriving after appearing in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 and despite this increased popularity, there are no tracks between Preston and Glasgow.

Next step for the group is meeting with South Lakeland District Council to discuss land and planning permission and then the real fundraising will start.

“I think having the racetrack here will be good both socially and economically. It gives kids in the area a chance to be part of a supportive club and will build up their confidence,” said Mr Parker.

“Economically it will be good for Kendal as it will attract people from all over the country to the area, lovers of the sport and competitors.”

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron, who is backing the campaign, said: “I am supporting the campaign and I hope that they can work with the council and then bring businesses and sponsorship together.

“I know that if they can do that we could all work to secure lottery funding for the scheme. If we can do this it will build on our success in building a skatepark. I’ve long campaigned to improve facilities for young people in Kendal and I will back the campaign in any way I can.”

A Facebook page has already attracted over 2,000 likes, to show your support visit https:// www.facebook.com/kendalbmxracetrack.

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3:44pm Thu 14 Nov 13

doodleshire14 says...

What a surprise!!!! Tim Farron is backing the campaign
What a surprise!!!! Tim Farron is backing the campaign doodleshire14

3:56pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Kendal Jock says...

doodleshire14 wrote:
What a surprise!!!! Tim Farron is backing the campaign
Nothing new there! He has, of course, achieved such a lot for the people in South Lakeland and beyond..............
....Hasn't he?
[quote][p][bold]doodleshire14[/bold] wrote: What a surprise!!!! Tim Farron is backing the campaign[/p][/quote]Nothing new there! He has, of course, achieved such a lot for the people in South Lakeland and beyond.............. ....Hasn't he? Kendal Jock

4:24pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Kendal Jock says...

I was very involved with the original track, on the old canal area behind the
Kirby Kendal school. Believe me it was a lot of voluntary hard work by some of us. Also, there were all the legalities to be sorted out as regards planning,
licenses and general safety. As regards the latter, I'm sure the health and safety brigade will have a field day and, it's all to be payed for.
However! I wish them good luck, especially when 'Band wagon' Tim' will be giving them his full support, pictures 'n' all.
I was very involved with the original track, on the old canal area behind the Kirby Kendal school. Believe me it was a lot of voluntary hard work by some of us. Also, there were all the legalities to be sorted out as regards planning, licenses and general safety. As regards the latter, I'm sure the health and safety brigade will have a field day and, it's all to be payed for. However! I wish them good luck, especially when 'Band wagon' Tim' will be giving them his full support, pictures 'n' all. Kendal Jock

11:38am Fri 15 Nov 13

Kendmoor says...

Lets hope that local second home owners don't go and buy up the land first ;)
Lets hope that local second home owners don't go and buy up the land first ;) Kendmoor

11:11pm Sat 16 Nov 13

redhairedgranny says...

Oh dear! Mr Farron and another bandwagon to jump on! The man is a posturing fool
Oh dear! Mr Farron and another bandwagon to jump on! The man is a posturing fool redhairedgranny

1:41pm Mon 18 Nov 13

MR P KENDAL says...

i to was involved in helping build the original track i was only l 13 at the time but helped where i could .. a new track is a great idea but a lot of work to build and maintain but the pleasure me and my mates got from it were worth the effort
i to was involved in helping build the original track i was only l 13 at the time but helped where i could .. a new track is a great idea but a lot of work to build and maintain but the pleasure me and my mates got from it were worth the effort MR P KENDAL

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