Award-winning Steven Burke sports hub is available to book for cycling activities

5 January 2015

Bookings are being taken from community groups who would like to use the award-winning Steven Burke sports hub for cycling training or events.

Situated at Swinden playing fields in Nelson, the Steven Burke sports hub was unveiled in June 2014.
It’s a post-Olympic legacy inspired by gold medal winning cyclist Steven Burke from Colne, and funded by Inspired Facilities, British Cycling (through Sport England), the Lancashire Environmental Fund and Pendle Council.

And within months of its opening the hub proudly accepted a Lancashire Environmental Fund Best Practice Award, in praise of how it has been developed.

Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, who represents outdoor recreation in Pendle, said:
“The Steven Burke sports hub is a wonderful community resource that we’re lucky to have in Pendle.

“We’re delighted that the Lancashire Environmental Fund, one of the hub’s funders, has recognised it as one of the best recreation projects they have supported this year.

“And our award-winning sports hub is not just there for the use of clubs or the cycling elite in Pendle – it’s there for the benefit of everyone.”

The cycle track at the sports hub is currently used for a variety of cycling activities and by groups from across the North West.

Pendle Triathlon Club uses the hub once a month for training sessions, and local schools are using it for cycling training activities.

Pendle Leisure trust also uses the circuit for adapted bike sessions for people with disabilities.
Pendle Council and Cycle Sport Pendle jointly manage the bookings for the sports hub.

Charges for the hire of the sports hub start from £20 an hour. Half day and full day rates are also available.

Groups who want to use the hub for cycling activities need to contact Cycle Sport Pendle via their website or by calling (01282) 862855.

For bookings for all other sports and activities, contact Pendle Council’s Parks & Recreation team by calling (01282) 661600 or download a booking form from

Each week details of bookings at the sports hub are displayed in the noticeboard there.
At times when there are no bookings the general public are welcome to use the circuit.
Signs at the circuit offer advice on how to use the facility safely and highlight riding etiquette for both experienced and inexperienced riders.

Plus there are certain times at which no bookings will be taken to allow local people the chance to use the hub for free every day – between 7am and 10am on weekdays and Sundays, and between 7am and 9am on Saturdays.

Peter Boast of Cycle Sport Pendle said:
“We’re really proud of how the Steven Burke sports hub has been received since it was unveiled in the summer. The award from Lancashire Environmental Fund is a real compliment to how the hub has been developed and is being managed.

“The hub has already brought huge benefits to the local cycling community, and our hope is that the wonderful community facility will go on to inspire future generations of cyclists.”

For more information about the Steven Burke sports hub at Swinden playing fields, contact Service Development Officer in Parks & Recreation Kieron Roberts on (01282) 661587 or email [email protected].


For further information please contact: Claire Tulloch, Communications Team, Chief Executive's Policy Unit, Pendle Council, Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG

Tel: 01282 661984

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