Cycle racing league bags Building Futures donation from Persimmon
10 September 2021
A cycle racing league that aims to raise the profile of the sport and get more kids active has been given a £1,000 boost by one of the country’s leading housebuilders.
Mallory Park Road Race League is the biggest youth racing league in the country and welcomes up to 100 riders and families every Tuesday evening to race around a one-mile closed road circuit.
Children from as young as five years old are encouraged to try out the sport in a safe environment with many riders going on to compete regularly in national series events.
The organisation has now been granted £1,000 from North Midlands as part of the housebuilder’s Building Futures campaign which will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.
Alby Smith, chairman of the league, said: “We’re so happy to receive this donation from Persimmon Homes.
“We want to fund an electronic chip timing system which will provide vital lap timing information for rider development and progression.
“Cost projection for the timing system is around £7,000 and this funding will also go towards expanding our racing calendar to include weekend racing.
“Currently we only offer mid-week racing however our vision is to put on Saturday and Sunday racing as well as an annual cycling festival.”
Mallory Park Road Race League unites nearly 50 cycling clubs mainly from the Midlands region, with some travelling from further afield such as Yorkshire, Liverpool and Lincoln.
Its members are aspiring to follow in the footsteps of British Tour de France and Olympic stars like Mark Cavendish and Ed Clancy who raced in the league early in their careers.
Rebecca added: “As the league is currently funded by individual entry fees, winning one of the top prizes would secure the financial future of the racing league and allow us to invest not only in essential equipment but also in our plans to raise the profile of competitive youth cycling and increase racing opportunities.
“We would also fund the purchase of bikes to be used by riders new to the sport and a permanent storage solution for our bikes and equipment.
“These bikes would allow us to remove the financial barriers of starting competitive cycling and let us open up this racing opportunity to more children.”
Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health, and sport.
A total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded across our 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.