Birmingham on track to welcome BMX Olympians

By on 06/09/2011 in News

Birmingham's newest world class sporting facility is in hot demand ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Both Australia and the USA have asked about the availability of the new Birmingham BMX Track as a training venue ahead of next summer's games.

The state-of-the-art Perry Park track was officially opened in June and has already hosted two hugely successful rounds of the UEC BMX European Championships.

Now, with Birmingham preparing to host track and field athletes from Jamaica and the USA, officials are hopeful the BMX track will become the city's latest Olympic training venue.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “This track is already recognised as one of the very best BMX facilities in Europe, so it's hardly surprising we've had interest ahead of the Olympics.

“A number of the world's top riders will be training at the track when Birmingham plays host to the 2012 World BMX Championships next May and this world class facility is certainly in demand.”

The two training camp deals already signed are worth an estimated £20 million to the Birmingham economy and mean many of the world's top athletes, backed by an army of coaches, support staff and officials, plus friends and family will be spending the Olympic Games build-up in the city.

USA Track and Field will set up camp at the Alexander Stadium while Jamaica will be based at the University of Birmingham and that means a significant number of gold medal hopefuls will be based in the Birmingham ahead of the London Games - including Usain Bolt and other contenders for the prestigious 100m crown.

Now, in addition to the BMX track, the impressive facilities at Birmingham Gymnastics & Martial Arts Centre are also attracting interest.

Cllr Mullaney added: “Preparations are well underway for a magnificent summer of sport in 2012 and here in Birmingham we're already getting ready to welcome many of the world's finest athletes. Now we're working hard to bring even more medal hopefuls to the city.”

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Notes to editors

Birmingham BMX Track is now open for public sessions and coaching sessions hosted by Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham BMX Club. See www.birminghambmxclub.co.uk for more information.

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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