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New national BMX track opens at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld

BMX track Image copyright North Lanarkshire Council
Image caption The floodlit BMX track will be open seven days a week

A new £420,000 national BMX track has opened in North Lanarkshire.

The site, at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, will host competitions and allow racing up to and including Pro Circuit and Youth Olympic level.

The floodlit track is open seven days a week. Ninety minute sessions cost £3.00 for children and £4.50 adults.

It was funded by North Lanarkshire Council, £100,000 from the Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund and £50,000 from Sportscotland.

Sports Secretary, Shona Robison, said the track would "help Scottish athletes train to compete at the highest level and attract new competitions".

'Growth sport'

"With the Commonwealth Games only weeks away this is an exciting time for all sport across Scotland," she said.

"Hearing about the growth of BMX in the area is exactly the sort of legacy we want from the Games and through the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund we are already seeing an impact on physical activity and sports participation."

Councillor Jim Logue, chairman of North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: "BMX riding is a real growth sport and this new facility will attract riders from all over the country.

"It is one of the biggest and best courses in the UK and it is fantastic to have a course like this on our doorstep in North Lanarkshire.

"The track will also help to encourage more children and young people of all ages and abilities to become involved in sport and physical activity."

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