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New BMX initiative for young people in Manchester

Sport England has announced a £28,000 investment to provide access to Manchester's BMX facilities for those not in full-time education or employment.

Hundreds of 11 to 25 year olds will learn new life skills and get the chance to race at next month's BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester.

It's hoped the new BMX initiative will transform the lives of young people in the city.


Video report: Manchester hosts British BMX Championship

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Thousands of BMX fans have been enjoying the thrills and spills of the track this weekend as Manchester played host to The British BMX Championships

It's the first time the event has been held in the city.

Chris Cunningham went to find out more:

British success at BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester

Liam Phillips on his way to winning the Mens BMX Supercross WC 2013. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Home favourite Liam Phillips won the elite men's race at the UCI BMX Supercross event in Manchester on Saturday night.

Phillips, who won the world tile in Auckland in July last year, powered away from the rest of the field to take a win he ranked up with the best of his career.

The 25-year-old said: "I won the world championships in New Zealand but it feels more special to win in front of the guys that support me."

Phillips' win came hot on the heels of his victory in Friday night's time trial at the National Cycling Centre.

Great Britain academy rider Charlotte Green finished fourth in the elite women's race behind winner Caroline Buchanan of Australia.


BMX star Shanaze to move to USA

The British BMX star Shanaze Reade is leaving the North West for a career in America.

After two failed attempts to win a gold medal at the Olympic games, Crewe's Shanaze Reade is moving to California to race on the professional circuit.

The four-time World Champion hopes it will improve her chances of gold in Rio in two years time.

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