Children at a Telford BMX club are celebrating after winning the backing of the Rotary Club of Wellington which has donated a new clubhouse. Rotary Club members heard a presentation from volunteer Kirsty Smallman about the success of the club and the sessions it offers. The Rotarians visited the BMX club in Dawley and despite offering sessions to hundreds of riders a week, could not believe they did not have a clubhouse or toilet facilities apart from one mobile toilet.
Rotarian Brian Richards said, “When we visited the site we could not believe what a fantastic facility it was. The children are being offered such a brilliant opportunity to make new friends, get fit and enjoy a sport with their friends and with the whole family - and it is solely run by volunteers. The members of the Rotary Club of Wellington agreed that they should fund a much needed new clubhouse and this was delivered earlier this year. We then put in a bid for a Rotary Grant to fund a toilet block,which was successful and we are looking forward to delivering that in September once the groundworks are complete. We wish the children and adults at Wrekin Riders every success for the future and we look forward to following their journey.”
Kieran Edwards, club coach and chairman, said: “We can’t thank the Rotary Club of Wellington enough for the support they have offered us. This means we can now have British Cycling visit and use our National standard track for training but we can now offer them a classroom facility for classroom based training. It includes a kitchen facility and also a private changing and First Aid room which we have never had before. The new clubhouse will enable the club to offer so much more.”
Mrs Smallman said, “The Rotary Club of Wellington have been amazing - they have taken a real interest in the riders and their stories and the club as a whole. The new clubhouse and the new toilet facilities will make such a difference to our club and our members.” The club has seen visitor numbers treble over the last four weeks after the club also won a £2,500 grant from Telford & Wrekin Council under the Let’s Get Telford Active campaign. More sessions have been put on to allow more novice riders to access the sport.”