British Cycling’s National Youth Circuit Championships come to Wyke

Article dated Friday Jul 7, 2023 at 09:52 AM

British Cycling’s National Youth Circuit Championships for 2023 will take place this weekend at Wyke Community Sports Village.

It will take place on Saturday, 8 July starting at 9am with races for U10s and U12s followed by  heats for the Under 16 Boys with finals taking place in the afternoon. The event has young cyclists coming from across the country to take part.

The event is being run by volunteers from East Bradford Cycling Club, the oldest club in Bradford (Est 1899) for whom the new circuit is their permanent home. They run regular Saturday morning coaching sessions for children ages 2-18 across a variety of cycling disciplines. 

Wyke Community Sports Village is the first of the District’s three multi-sports hubs to be delivered as part of the Council’s Sports Pitches Investment Programme in partnership with Sport England, British Cycling and  The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.  The facility has received £495,000 of funding from Sport England and British Cycling via Places to Ride and £500,000 from the Football Foundation.

It brings a new home for local sports clubs.  The facility includes a new all-weather football pitch, three improved grass pitches, a community and changing pavilion with a close loop cycle track and cyclo cross facilities.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said:  “We’re delighted that our fantastic new Wyke Sports village has been chosen to host this amazing event. It will be great to see the facilities being used by these young athletes. I hope they have a fantastic time competing, best of luck to all taking part.”

Mandy Parker, the Chief Coach said " The new venue is superb, providing so many different opportunities for children to enjoy cycling, whether it is having fun learning new skills or taking their cycling to a professional level. We feel privileged to have been able to work closely with Bradford Council in every step of the development and have helped shape what you see today. The local community have welcomed us and we are seeing growing numbers of children from the local areas start their cycling journey with us."

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