Bradford school to open £100,000 mountain bike trail

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Part of the mountain bike trail Part of the mountain bike trail

A £100,000 mountain bike trail will open in a Bradford school next month, providing a boost to both pupils and the wider community.

Appleton Academy in Wyke will open the extensive trail on July 1, a first for a school in the region.

Once it is up and running it will not only be used by the school, but also opened up to bike and BMX groups and for community use.

Fully funded by the school, the track, which is similar to those used in competitions, is part of a push to make the school a major centre for sports in Bradford and the wider areas.

The school expects it will attract cycling enthusiasts from far and wide to try out the trail.

The school in Woodside Road is no stranger to public facilities - it is already home to Wyke public library.

Appleton Academy, which has pupils ranging in age from three to 19, opened in 2012 and already has a wide range of sports facilities, including indoor and outdoor climbing walls, a gym and astroturf pitch.

When the school was built the idea was that all the sports facilities would be open to the public, making the school an important tool in the fight to get people of all ages more active.

The finishing touches are now being made to the track, with the hope that it will be ready for the school's cycle themed "Tour De Appleton" event on June 30.

Craig Armitage, who works at the school, said the track was part of Appleton's plan to make the school a leader in outdoor education.

He said: "This is part of what we're doing to improve local facilities.

"We want it open to the public and it will be something that is unique for a school to be building. It has had the backing of major sporting groups like British Cycling.

"When schools are built now there is a push to make them available to the public. We have a big push on outdoor education at the school, and facilities like this really do attract students to the school."

The sports facilities are being managed by Schools Plus, and manager for the Appleton facilities, James Hirst, is looking for people who can run mountain bike classes at the soon to open track, or use the site for competitions.

Anyone interested in using the track can e-mail him on James.hirst@schools-plus.org.

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8:11am Fri 20 Jun 14

Apollo says...

That is not a mountain bike trail and calling it such is just stupid.

It is a BMX track.

Get the facts right.
That is not a mountain bike trail and calling it such is just stupid. It is a BMX track. Get the facts right. Apollo
  • Score: -1

8:22am Fri 20 Jun 14

hammo10 says...

make a nice pond when it rains. i could of built that for half the price.
make a nice pond when it rains. i could of built that for half the price. hammo10
  • Score: -7

9:50am Fri 20 Jun 14

thatsnotmyname says...

Apollo wrote:
That is not a mountain bike trail and calling it such is just stupid.

It is a BMX track.

Get the facts right.
That photo actually shows a poorly designed pumptrack, not a bmx or mountain bike track or trail.

I hope that is just a part of it because for 100k someones fully taken the ****.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: That is not a mountain bike trail and calling it such is just stupid. It is a BMX track. Get the facts right.[/p][/quote]That photo actually shows a poorly designed pumptrack, not a bmx or mountain bike track or trail. I hope that is just a part of it because for 100k someones fully taken the ****. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 2

11:10am Fri 20 Jun 14

Apollo says...

I would have built it for £20k and pocketed the other £80k. Oh! hold on that is what the contractor did.

Only in Bradford eh!
I would have built it for £20k and pocketed the other £80k. Oh! hold on that is what the contractor did. Only in Bradford eh! Apollo
  • Score: -3

1:42pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

I like anything to do with kids getting the opportunity to do serious exercise at school as part of the schools curriculum. This seems to tick that box.
I like anything to do with kids getting the opportunity to do serious exercise at school as part of the schools curriculum. This seems to tick that box. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

7:54pm Fri 20 Jun 14

norat says...

That strip cost 100k....omg....tht is takin the p|$$
That strip cost 100k....omg....tht is takin the p|$$ norat
  • Score: -3

10:48pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Atbman says...

Alternatively, you could all try actually reading the caption to the photograph of the pump track and note that it says "part of the mountain bike trail"?
Alternatively, you could all try actually reading the caption to the photograph of the pump track and note that it says "part of the mountain bike trail"? Atbman
  • Score: 4

1:07am Sat 21 Jun 14

Avenger78 says...

OUCH...JUST FELL OUT OF MY SEAT, IM SURE THERE SAID 100K ? ..Nah it must be a spelling mistake ...its meant to say 10k not 100k 0_0
OUCH...JUST FELL OUT OF MY SEAT, IM SURE THERE SAID 100K ? ..Nah it must be a spelling mistake ...its meant to say 10k not 100k 0_0 Avenger78
  • Score: -2

6:43pm Sat 21 Jun 14

khalidmalikbadass says...

It look ok to me il take my quad on that
It look ok to me il take my quad on that khalidmalikbadass
  • Score: -1

12:11pm Sun 22 Jun 14

IndecentXp0sur3 says...

Check out all the negativity and uneducated comments... Its OK though for all the idiot comments there will be 10 times that many people actually taking a benefit from this.

Where as the people commenting before this apart from Atbman and bcfc1903 will be collecting their benefits from the post office! :-)

Enough said?
Check out all the negativity and uneducated comments... Its OK though for all the idiot comments there will be 10 times that many people actually taking a benefit from this. Where as the people commenting before this apart from Atbman and bcfc1903 will be collecting their benefits from the post office! :-) Enough said? IndecentXp0sur3
  • Score: 2

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