BMX kids are flying high!

BMX riders who took part in the event at the Mill House Centre.
BMX riders who took part in the event at the Mill House Centre.

BMX enthusiasts celebrated the end of two years of hard work with a high-flying competition.

Youngsters volunteered their time to help redevelop the park behind Mill House Leisure Centre in Hartlepool into a skate and BMX park.

The project has taken two years, and enthusiasts celebrated its completion by taking part in two competitions.

The beginners’ competition was won by 13-year-old Daniel Clyne, from Hartlepool, and the intermediate riders’ contest was won by 17-year-old Joe Watson from Seaton Carew.

Both winners were awarded with equipment donated by Facchini’s Cycles, including knee and arm pads, grips and pedals, all of which will help improve their skills.

The event was a multi-agency effort between Families Accessing Support Team (FAST), Barnardo’s, Cleveland Police, Hartlepool Borough Council and Cleveland Fire Brigade to promote the new facilities.

Acting Inspector Glen Westmoreland, from Cleveland Police, said: “Young people have put a great deal of effort into the skate and BMX park as it is a place where they can spend their spare time productively, and somewhere they can mark their own identity.

“The tournament was a great example of how partners can work alongside young people to ensure their voices are heard.

“Neighbourhood policing teams located across Hartlepool value the work of local residents and understand the importance of listening to the views and opinions of young people as decision makers for the town.”

Leigh Kane, from Barnardo’s, added: “The youngsters got the idea for this by voicing their concerns about the state of the park, we contacted the local parks and gardens at Hartlepool council, who were happy for the young people to be involved in improving the area and provided technical support and equipment for the project.”