MEMBERS of a BMX club that has been without toilets for six years have been helped out by a generous grant and volunteering by apprentices.
Gosport’s BMX Club, off Grange Road, received a £9,700 grant from Sported, a charity which hopes to ensure a legacy from the London Olympics.
And now electrical installation apprentices from Chichester College have wired two new outdoor blocks the club bought with the grant.
The toilet and welfare blocks mean parents and bikers can train more effectively – and spend a penny when they need to.
Club chairman Darren Fells said the facilities were much needed.
He said: ‘On a Saturday we’ll end up with 50 or 60 kids.
‘On a Wednesday night it’s usually around 30.
‘We’re ranked number one in the south at the moment, and we’re second nationally.
‘The cafe we’re going to build will obviously generate funds for the club. And it will create somewhere for the parents to go.’
The welfare block will feature a kitchen/cafe, office and training area.
The training area will have state-of-the-art technology, allowing BMX riders to watch their performances back and compare them to those of the greats of the sport.
It cost the club £6,700 for Southern Electric to install electricity to the site, and £3,000 for the two blocks.
Volunteers have already helped install carpets and other facilities.
And the expert work done by the apprentices, on day-release from their employers, has saved the club more cash.
Jake Stevens, 19, a second year apprentice at the college who works for Willard Electrical, was busy, running power lines to sockets and lights in the welfare block.
He said: ‘We volunteered for it – it’s not only benefiting us but benefiting the people here too. It’s good experience for ourselves too. Usually in a commercial company you’re on a job for quite a long time.’
Jake was joined by three other second year apprentices from RG Beatties, DW Electrical and Falcon Electrical.
They were supervised by Marcus Stables and Ben Stockdale, teachers on the Level 3 NVQ Diploma.