Adrenaline Alley: social enterprise and home of Olympians
Indoor skatepark Adrenaline Alley in Corby, England, was founded in 2001 by Mandy Young to create a supportive, accessible space for young bikers and skaters. As a social enterprise, its mission is to use urban sports to help local people in the community, including by employing local workers and offering volunteering opportunities.
During the 2021 Tokyo Olympics — the first Games to include BMX events — two Great Britain athletes took home gold and bronze medals. Both Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks train at Adrenaline Alley, and call Corby ‘home’.
The venue has provided an “absolutely huge role” in Worthington's career, she tells Pioneers Post. “I knew Adrenaline Alley had a great community when I moved down to Corby. So it did play a role in my decision to move here.”
“I’ve watched [Worthington and Brooks] grow and develop,” says Young. “Their skills have improved on an elite scale, and just to watch that happening with all the kids around them and inspiring those young people to carry on doing what they’re doing has been incredible.”
Videography by David Pardoe; produced and edited by Morgan Gwynn
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