BBC Unsung Hero: Yvonne Mills wins North West award

BMX club founder named NW Unsung Hero

Yvonne Mills has won the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award for the North West region, in recognition of establishing Roch Valley Raiders BMX club.

Mills got involved with setting up the club in 2009 and now has riders that represent Great Britain.

She combines roles as club secretary, race commissaire and trainee mountain bike coach at the club in Heywood.

"I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved here, especially as I'm not from a cycling background," Mills said.

"I have riders now who represent our club at regional and national level, and I had four riders represent the UK at the World Championships - it's amazing.

"We've got a great community feel. It's one of the things we try to encompass, that it isn't just a BMX club. It is a little community."

Roch Valley Raiders BMX club
Yvonne Mills' fund raising has helped redevelop the BMX track in Heywood

Mills leads a team of volunteers who all give their time to the club, which now has 60 members, for free.

"We started back in 2009. My husband and I bought bikes for our two children," she told BBC North West Tonight.

"We came down to the park and it was all overgrown and wasn't particularly safe for them to ride around.

"I worked at a charity at the time so we got in touch with young people, asked their thoughts and they decided that their priority was a safe track to ride around.

"Me and my husband decided that was going to be our aim - to raise funds to bring it up to a regional standard and to get an active club going here."

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