Vital Upgrade For Waitakere BMX Club
There’s a real buzz at Waitakere BMX Club at the moment. Club members are not only looking forward to the start of the new season in September, they are also super excited about the long-anticipated upgrade to their track at 103 Glen Road, Ranui.
Since becoming an Olympic sport back in 2009, BMX riding has grown in popularity throughout the country. And the international success of Kiwi riders like Sarah Walker has certainly made an impact too. Waitakere BMX Club is the only BMX club out West and is the second biggest in Auckland. And now, thanks in part to the support of the Million Dollar Mission, the club is looking to make its mark on the national stage.
Waitakere BMX Club has been successful in receiving funding of $60,540 from this year’s Million Dollar Mission. This has helped to leverage in resources from other sources including the New Zealand Community Trust.
The money is going towards upgrading the club’s track and facilities in Ranui. Waitakere BMX Club has its sights on hosting the prestigious North Island Championships in 2023. However, before it could do so the club needed to provide a canopy cover over the start gate which is a requirement for hosting national events. In addition, the club is installing a water tank to collect the rainwater run-off from the canopy. This in turn will be used to water the track which is an important part of the maintenance programme.
“We’re a small but ambitious club,’ advises Waitakere BMX’s Chris Manning. “Being able to hold national events here out West will make a massive difference to us as a club. And it will give West Auckland huge exposure in the BMX community.’’
The resource consent application has now been lodged with Council and the work is planned to be completed by September or October, just in time for the start of the season.
Run entirely by volunteers, Waitakere BMX Club is one of the friendliest around and offers a fun, family environment. Club nights run on Fridays from September through to April. With a membership of riders ranging in age from under 5 to over 60, BMX riding is a sport that the whole family can enjoy. During Friday club nights, families can take advantage of the canteen offering for sale soft drinks, hot chips, burgers, hot dogs and ice-blocks. There’s a real sense of community and many families make a night of it.
Improved Facilities Will Attract More Riders
“We’re really grateful to the Million Dollar Mission for supporting the upgrade which will have a massive impact on the club,” says Chris.
“A track that meets national standards as well as improved facilities all round means that we can attract even more riders. We intend to put West Auckland on the map for the BMX community in NZ.”
What’s more, the track is open to the public outside of club nights so the whole community will benefit from the upgrade.
If you’re interested in giving BMX riding a go, then Chris’s advice is to head down to the track and have some fun. In fact, the club is hosting an open day on 28 September from 11am to 2pm where you can try out BMX riding for free!
To find out more get in touch with Waitakere BMX Club via their website