Water supply helps BMX club cement its future


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Can-Cans, Supermans and back flips are just some of the daredevil moves being performed at Melboun BMX club thanks to a vital donation from Cambridge Water and its network partners Groupbridge and Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB).

The club officially opened in May 2012 after years of hard work from local BMX enthusiasts and the parish council. Since then has attracted hundreds of freestylers, aged 12 upwards, eager to perform stunts over the course which has been carved out of the natural landscape on Grinnel Hill.

Chris Herrell from the club explained: “When we officially opened the club last spring it was the middle of the drought. Because the jumps are made using natural chalk and clay, they can dry out, causing the ramps to crumble in dry weather.

“We are then faced with bringing the water in to help repair them, which can be expensive and difficult to transport, or closing the site altogether. A lack of water at the site also hampered us with putting on events which we hope will bring national awareness to the club.”

In a desperate attempt to find a solution club supporter and parish councillor, Jose Hales, contacted Cambridge Water which agreed to consider the project under its donations and grants scheme.

The scheme provides donations and, where appropriate, practical assistance to groups and good causes operating within its area of supply.

Working in partnership with MMB and Groupbridge it was able to bring a new water supply to the park. Permission was also needed from local landowner, Peter Norbett, who generously allowed a connection to be made to his existing water supply.

Jon Skeggs, a project planner for MMB, who attended the official hand-over of the water supply, said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to work with Cambridge Water and Groupbridge to turn what was a desperate plea from the club into a tangible result which will help to literally cement its future.”

 Every quarter Cambridge Water donates money to local community groups and good causes that operate within the Cambridge Water supply area. The money can be used to fund a wide variety of initiatives, ranging from equipment for sports clubs to toys for playgroups. It can also be used to fund special projects, such as building bat boxes or establishing nature reserves.

If you would like to apply please visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk

Pic caption: Members of the BMX club are pictured with Cllr Jose Hales (standing behind the new water connection) and Jon Skeggs from MMB


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