Project information

Avon Tyrrell UK Youth Bike Track Project

To build a 'pump and gravity' bike track at UK Youth's Avon Tyrrell centre in the New Forest for school, youth groups and people from the local community to use for free and skills training sessions and events. The project will be working in close collaboration with British Cycling &The CTC.

April 2011 - July 2011

Charity information: UK Youth

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  • Need


    To tackle obesity, inactivity in young people, local anti-social behaviour, damage to more sensitive parts of the New Forest, lack of such facilities nearby, lack of people to coach and encourage participation in recreation and competitive level cycling.


    The 50 by 100m area will provide a challenging but fun bike facility to muck about with friends, develop skills, attend coached sessions/events, keep fit and healthy all in a beautiful environment that will also take the pressure of other areas where ad-hoc jumps appear in the Forest. It adds to the existing network of single track bike trails across the 65 acre site and out into the surrounding forest.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Get user feedback, designs, planning permission & raise the funds to build the new bike facility


    » Consultation, feedback, tender quotes, drawings and planning permission (granted 2010) - apply for help.

    What success will look like

    Success will be gaining permission (completed), rasing the funds so work can begin in 2011.

    Aim 2

    Attract 1000+ young people to attend coached and self-led sessions use it per year.


    » Keep up consultation, marketing and PR of facility, train local cycling coaches & arrange sessions on a regular basis.

    What success will look like

    Success will be exceeding the 1000 people using the track free or on coached sessions and events. Also setting up a club for regular users to help manage and develop the facility.

  • Impact


    It will be a new facility for people of all ages and abilities to use and go a long way to tackling the issues mentionned above. Success will be measured by the number of users, the feedback and the follow up of how many get involved in further cycling related activities including the sporting side. We will work closely with cycling governing bodies and authorities as well as the New Frorest Park Authority to promote and develop cycling opportunities further.


    Not raising the funds could stop or delay the start. We have a fundraising plan of approaches to make.
    Not enough people using it is a risk so we have a robust marketing and publicity scheme arranged and, based on past experience of similar work, are confident the track will be really popular. The saying is 'you build it, they'll come'.


    Quarterly reports via email, newsletters, invitations to events and tours of the Avon Tyrrell facilities and to meet users.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    New Forest National Park Authority £2,000 Guaranteed
    Big Bike Bash event £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Avon Tyrrell, the UK Youth centre, is between the villages of Bransgore and Burley on the west side of the New Forest, Hampshire.


    Our charity UK Youth specializes in working with disadvantaged young people's groups from school, youth organisations from all over the UK. Avon Tyrrell is visted by around 20,000 such people each year - a beautiful safe environment to experience non-formal educational and volunteering programmes. Many of the young people would never have had been to such a place before, the benefits to the personal and social development is enormous. The centre is also the focus of much local community use.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UK Youth has a 100 year history of working for and with young people (65 at Avon Tyrrell), our innovative programmes are developed by the users. We have a great track record of delivering projects on time and within budget and partnership working to ensure success. We recognise for this bike track project we need the help of outside expertise from a specialist contractor to build it.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louis Bonney, UK Youth Projects Director

    18 years experience managing Avon Tyrrell, projects and fundraising, other cycling facilities etc will oversee the brief & project.

    Ian Warby

    CTC national off-road officer, advisor

    Mark Adams

    British Cycling Regional Development Manager, advisor


will build the bike jump track for the community

If you build it, they will come

From the film 'Field of Dreams'