Date published: 18/04/2013
BMX riders in Wrexham are set to receive a huge boost following a grant of £11,260 from Barclays Spaces for Sports. The funding, secured by Wrexham County Borough Council, will allow Ponciau Banks Bike Track to resurface the site for the community to use for years to come.
The injection of cash into the site by Barclays Spaces for Sports follows an original capital grant in 2006 worth £50,000 to build the track, as well as a development grant worth £20,000 in the same year that funded community coaching sessions at the site. The Barclays Spaces for Sports programme is part of Barclays’ community investment strategy and is one of the ways the bank supports the communities in which it operates.
Councillor Bob Dutton, Lead Member − Environment and Transport, from Wrexham County Borough Council said, “I’m delighted that we are able to resurface the Ponciau Banks site through a grant from Barclays Spaces for Sports. The site has proved very popular since it was built in 2006 and the most recent investment will enable more people to enjoy the site further into the future.”
Sessions at the site are led by professional coaches and can attract over 50 riders a day during the holidays. These sessions include practical bike maintenance workshops that educate young riders on how to maintain their bike. Such is the extent of the benefit the track brings to the local community, the new funding has drawn support from the local MP for Clwyd South, Susan Elan Jones.
“It is great that the Ponciau Banks Bike Track, which is held in high regard across the Wrexham area, is receiving further investment from Barclays Spaces for Sports. I hope the resurfacing will encourage people to use the site and will inspire the next generation of Olympic BMX riders.”
The sustainability funding that the Ponciau Banks site is receiving from Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of a UK-wide Sustainability Strategy launched in 2011. The Sustainability Strategy demonstrates Barclays’ commitment to ensuring all of the 200 community sports sites that it has built with partners the Football Foundation, have a long-term future and remain manageable for local volunteers and organisations to run.
The Ponciau Banks investment is the third sustainability grant awarded to fund biking activities at Barclays Spaces for Sports sites across the UK in the last six months. In September Greenhill BMX & Skate Park in Sheffield was given £14,371 by the programme to attract new members through BMX activities, and in January the Hamsterley Forest Mountain Bike Circuit in Durham was awarded a £10,000 grant to fund new coaching qualifications for volunteers.
A Barclays spokesman said, “The long-term sustainability of all our Barclays Spaces for Sports sites is of the utmost importance to us and the additional funding that Wrexham County Borough Council have received is an example of how the programme ensures all sites can continue to make a positive impact in the local community.”
The Football Foundation manages the site on behalf of Barclays Spaces for Sports. The partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports and The Football Foundation recently won Sponsorship / Partnership of the Year at the 2012 Football Business Awards and sees one of the largest corporate banks in the world joining forces with the nation’s largest sports charity to help provide opportunities for communities to engage, learn and develop through sport.
Barclays Spaces for Sports uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life and employment skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme and wider Citizenship agenda.