Enterprising young people launch Motor-cross track in Wakefield

Date: 28/10/2014

A group of young people is to celebrate the launch of a new motorcycle track in Wakefield, which they have helped to create.

Around 40 young people aged 13-25 from the Portobello, Eastmoor and Peacock areas of Wakefield are involved in a motor-cross project which has received vital support from Wakefield Council's Children's and Young Peoples Service.

The young people set up a social enterprise project to generate funding, and also learned the skills needed to help build the track at the Able Project Partnership Project in Eastmoor, Wakefield.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "This will be a fantastic new facility which I am sure will be very popular with young people in Wakefield.

"It's a great example of what young people can achieve, and I wish the project every success."

Motor-cross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits.

Supporters of the scheme, including councillors, young people, and members of the Community First panel will gather for two events (Nov 3 and Nov 4) to celebrate the launch of the new facility. The date the track will be open to riders is yet to be confirmed.

The new track will enable young people from across the district to learn how to ride motorbikes and ride in a safe and supervised place.

The motor-cross track has given unemployed young people the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as boosting their chances of employment.

The aim of the project is also to reduce motorbike-related crime and anti-social behaviour in Wakefield.

The project has received over £5,000 in grants which have come from Community First organisation and from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust.