Herne Hill Velodrome
Tucked away in South London is the last remaining finals venue from the 1948 Olympic games: the Herne Hill Velodrome. Originally built in 1891 it remains one of the best cycling tracks in the UK and is a genuine national treasure. The velodrome track and mountain bike course are actively used by numerous cycling clubs, local schools and children. It was the track on which many British cycling stars learned to race, including 7 times Olympic medallist, including 4 gold, and first British Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, former World Champion Tony Doyle, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Jody Cundy. Tommy Godwin was a two-time medal winner in the 1948 Games here at the Velodrome.
Bradley Wiggins at Herne Hill Velodrome on a visit in 2009.
The campaign was established in July 2010 by a group of local cyclists and residents to secure a longer lease and funding to resurface the track. It is dedicated to promoting the Velodrome site as a community cycling centre and would continue to promote cycling in all of its forms, both competitive and non-competitive, together with cycling-related activities.
The campaign aims to promote diversity in the use of the site. In particular, the site should be promoted for all, regardless of their age, youth, gender or physical or mental ability, increasing footfall to the site.
The campaign wants to promote the site as a cycling education facility, and also for the use of those of limited means or social opportunity. The Velodrome is used by a wide range of users, both competitive and non-competitive, and from novice to experienced riders, with a long standing history to the track being used as the 1948 Olympics and venue for the Good Friday meet for over 100 years. Due to the deterioration of the track and facilities in 2010 the track was under threat of closure.
The campaign is led by the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust (Charity Number: 1140128 and Company Number: 07458529), representing local residents, cycling clubs, Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome and other key user groups. The Herne Hill Velodrome is managed by Velo Club Londres and is supported by British Cycling.
ACHIEVMENTS SO FAR
- Sport England and London Marathon Trust provide £1.5M funding for new pavilion
- Big Society Award received
- Junior track, hard standing and track-side lighting installed
- Newly refurbished track by British Cycling
- London 2012 Velodrome designers, Hopkins Architects, produce concept design for new pavillion
- Site lease extended
- £400,00 Southwark Olympic Legacy Board funding
- Herne Hill Velodrome Trust (HHVT) charity established
- Fundraising events organised
- Charitable status gained
- Online presence developed
- Steering group formed
- Public meetings undertaken
The campaign recognises the crucial role played by volunteers, both in the past and in the future, in the management of the site. The campaign is particularly committed to ensuring that this role is recognised, appreciated, promoted and supported, and that volunteers are recognised as a key stakeholder of the site.
FRIENDS OF HERNE HILL VELODROME (FHHV)
Become a Friend of Herne Hill Velodrome. By becoming a Friend of Herne Hill Velodrome you will have the opportunity to help shape it's future and to be part of the campaign to Save the Herne Hill Velodrome. You'll receive regular newsletters and also be the first to hear about upcoming events and activities. You can make your minimum donation of £10 and register here. The Friends have a Facebook page too. If you'd like to volunteer then add your details to the web page here.
Tessa Jowell, Bradley Wiggins, Stephen Fry and Paul Smith have already put their names to the Save the Herne Hill Velodrome campaign and your name is just as important. Add your weight to the campaign by clicking 'Like' on the Facebook page and better still, please donate money or volunteer in order to secure the future of the Velodrome. Donations will be used to fund planning work and/or ongoing operation and maintenance of the Velodrome. Thanks to everyone for their donations so far. Please keep them coming. You can donate or fundraise at the VMGiving website here.
For sponsorship opportunities please see details here.
Hopkins Architects support the campaign. They are the architects behind the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome and have produced a concept design for a new pavilion for Herne Hill Velodrome which is the third and final stage of the regeneration work.
The latest plans can be viewed here.
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