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Local BMX Clubs "beat Fortnite hands down" with BMX FUNdamentals programme

Kids across the province are abandoning computer games in favour of 80's craze, BMX racing - which is bang on trend once again.

Parents who were BMX crazy back in the 80s are

reliving the dream by introducing kids to the sport - and even getting back in the saddle themselves.

Thanks to a four week 'BMX FUNdamentals ' programme, developed by BMX Ireland, funded by BMX Ulster and facilitated entirely by volunteers from Belfast City BMX Club, East Coast Raiders and Lisburn BMX Club, 40 new kids aged six - thirteen years from across NI enjoyed a thrilling introduction to the world of BMX racing this September.

Taster sessions were delivered in Larne, Lisburn and Belfast, with all clubs joining together to train at Lisburn BMX track, Aberdelghy in week two. After focusing on balance, flat skills, bunny hops, bike control and safety, all riders competed in novice only races at the end of the programme.

Bill Mackness, BMX Ulster Chairman, and BMX Ireland board member said: "It's so good to see kids come along to try BMX racing for the first time, and to watch them progress in terms of skill, fitness and confidence over the course of the programme. There's a lot of pride and celebration when the time comes to present certificates of achievement and medals - and our guest of honour Lord Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Uel Mackin brought a real sense of occasion to our prize giving. Our members joke that it's one big BMX family - but the sense of community and craic is fantastic and it's great to see kids from all over NI starting to build what we hope will be friendships for life through this amazingly addictive sport."

As well as being a great fun, physical activity, it's relatively low cost, with low annual memberships and low training costs per session. Club bikes and safety equipment is also available for trial at Lisburn BMX Club.

BMX clubs across NI are seeing their memberships grow by the week - and it looks like that trend is set to continue as clubs compete in Ulster, All Ireland, British and European Championships. Next July, riders from the Clubs within Ulster will compete in the World BMX Championships in Belgium. The clubs are continuing to fund raise to make this opportunity as accessible as possible and are focused on securing world class competition tracks in Belfast, Lisburn Newry & Larne.

For more information on how to join a BMX Club, please look up on Facebook; Lisburn BMX Club, Belfast City BMX Club, East Coast Raiders and BMX Ireland.

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