Hail Bulwell BMX club, one of best in country

MARK OUR WORDS -- Phil Gray-Blest (fifth right) with committee members and volunteers proudly showing their Clubmark award at the club's Sellers Wood Drive track

MARK OUR WORDS -- Phil Gray-Blest (fifth right) with committee members and volunteers proudly showing their Clubmark award at the club's Sellers Wood Drive track

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A BMX club in Bulwell is jumping for joy after receiving a prestigious honour that confirms them as one of the best in the country.

For Nottingham Outlaws, based on Sellers Wood Drive, have been presented with the Clubmark award.

Outlaws are the first BMX club in the Midlands to achieve the accolade, which has been presented by the Sport England organisation.

It recognises a commitment to everything from providing a safe environment and qualified coaches to having a full committee and child-welfare officers in place to protect young members.

The Clubmark status, which has been achieved through months of hard work, will help Outlaws apply for further funding.

The award is the latest honour for a club who, seven years ago when they were launched, couldn’t even hold full regional races because of the state of their track. They didn’t even have a starting gate and had to hold a piece of rope across the starting line.

Since then, investment and effort have turned things round and the club now boasts more than 150 members.

Club chairman Phil Gray-Blest said: “We are delighted to receive this honour. It vindicates all the hard work.

“It is down to the fact we have such a strong team of volunteers. Without loads of parents and adult helpers being committed, this wouldn’t have happened.”

The Clubmark award was presented to the Outlaws on a day that coincided with the presentation evening from the club’s winter series of races.

A total of 59 trophies was handed out to competitors ranging in age from five to 40-plus.

Attentions now turn to national and European competitions.

After that, weekly taster-sessions in BMX-riding will return to the Outlaws’ track on Saturday July 23 (9 am).