New pavilion for cyclists at Shrewsbury Sports Village
Groups of cyclists taking advantage of the facilities at Shrewsbury Sports Village now have a dedicated ‘clubhouse’.
The supply of the clubhouse has been a joint partnership between the operators of Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, British Cycling and Shropshire Council, and it will offer state-of-the-art bike racks on two levels, a small kitchen area and accessible toilet close to the 1km lighted cycle path belonging to Shropshire Council.
The track is used by hundreds of people from different groups including Mid Shropshire Wheelers, Pedal 4 Health, the Inclusive Club and All In Cycling, and also hosts competitions which have attracted top cyclists such as Olympic medalist Tom Piddock.
The opening of the clubhouse coincided with the first round of a West Midlands CycloX event, which attracted over 400 participants aged three to over 75.
Dave Mellor, organizer, said:
“Cycling is a growing sport and what’s great is that people of all ages are taking part in these types of events.
“Kids can compete on their balance bikes and we have categories up to the over 75s. It is an inclusive and very family sport.
“This new pavilion is a fabulous addition to our Sports Village facilities. We have hydraulic bike racks so we can store two levels of bikes, there is a small kitchen and fully accessible toilets, and an area where volunteers and supporters can shelter without having to return to the main building.
Cecilia Motley, Cabinet Member of the Shropshire Council for Communities, Culture, Leisure and Tourism, and Transport, said:-
“Shropshire Council wants to help people improve their health and wellbeing at all stages of life, and increasing participation in physical activity in the community is crucial to this.
“The cycle path offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate, whether competitively or generally for their own health and well-being.
“The clubhouse is a great addition to the facilities and will be of great use to any groups attending.”
Nick Barr, British Cycling Center and West Midlands Regional Manager, said:
“British Cycling is delighted to support the brand new cycling clubhouse at Shrewsbury Sports Village. The pavilion will encourage the cycling community to come together and support each other in the sport we all love. A stone’s throw from the lighted cycle path, the clubhouse is a fantastic addition to the cycling facilities and will provide a great opportunity to welcome new members to the world of cycling.
“At British Cycling, we are constantly trying to make our sport more accessible and inclusive, and the new clubhouse is an amazing example of what can be achieved with support and investment from our Places to Ride fund – a partnership between British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.