Updated: Friday, 19th October 2018 @ 6:02am

Officials hope Manchester's new BMX centre will breed Olympic stars of the future

Officials hope Manchester's new BMX centre will breed Olympic stars of the future

By Nick Rawcliffe

Manchester's new £24million BMX arena has been officially unveiled with a spectacular display showcasing some of the country's top young talent.

Cycling chiefs are hopingthe centre, which is built alongside the Velodrome, will have develop the BMX cycling stars of tomorrow in the same way its neighbour has helped inspire the country's track and road cyclists.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council Executive member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Sport England has played a key role in this project and they will hopefully bring the inspiration and magic needed for our competitors in the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2012.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England Property Director said: “To be here in the NCC in Manchester and not London shows the great connection between Manchester and cycling.

“We can take great inspiration by seeing world class athletes training alongside the general public.

“Here is a building where you can come to an open session and be inspired.”

Mr Johnston was also keen to point out that this project would not have been achieved if it was not for the talents of the partnerships that were developed whilst building this project.

Sheldon Phillips, Head of North West Regional Major Events said: "The new national BMX centre will reinforce Manchester as the home of cycling.”

The new BMX centre will not be for the exclusive use of elite athletes, with local schoolchildren also being invited to use the impressive facilities.

Councillor Amesbury said: “Offering sessions to local schools and the community is a must and a guarantee.

“The new BMX arena will foster greater interest and participation in the sport and overtime the track will unearth future Olympic stars.”

The new BMX centre will have 250 British cycling staff working over the next year to make sure that Britain comes away with cycling medals at the Olympics and Paralympics.