GERAINT THOMAS BACKS TRACK ATTACK

24 Oct 2007

Track Attack Cymru - Overview

Track Attack Cymru is a development of the Community Cycling Development Programme. The Programme was primarily created to give local community children (7-15 years) the opportunity to experience the specialist cycling discipline of Track riding at three key facilities across South Wales.

The facilities are the outdoor cycle tracks in Carmarthen and Cardiff, plus Wales National (Indoor) Velodrome in Newport.

The initiative was designed to remove all the obstacles to youths trying the sport of track cycling, plus it has created a structured programme of cycling activities which takes youngsters from their initial experience of cycling through to a level competent enough to join a local club. Each of the identified facilities hosts a local ‘Go-Ride’ cycling club (Go-Ride being the governing body’s endorsement of child-safe clubs with trained coaches and Child Welfare Officers.)

The programme also aims to establish a Youth Exchange Programme, by holding an annual Inter Club competition at each of the three facilities, introducing participants to traveling and supporting events away from their own areas, giving new experiences and skills thus enhancing their own personal development.

Since its inception, the programme has logged over 350 children from the community groups, schools, other sports clubs and holiday sessions enjoy taster sessions at the facilities, with many returning for after schools courses and further holiday sessions.

A number of these riders are now joining more regular sessions at the facilities and will experience their first competitive events during 2007.

With the support of Iceland the programme will be able to cater for considerably more youngsters through the provision of equipment and training of key volunteers.

As the programme and facilities develop, it is hoped to further expand the programme across all of the facilities in Wales, including the BMX Track at Bryn Bach Park, and potential facilities in North Wales.

The long term aim of the Community Development Programme is to identify and nurture the Welsh and Great Britain Cycling Team representatives of the future through a unique opportunity offered to all young members of the community.