Thursday, January 7, 2016

BMX club founder is given national honour

A Brixton man who has spent more than 30 years promoting BMX riding has been recognised with a national honour.

Ken Floyde, 54, of Clapham Park, has been selected to receive a British Citizen Award (BCA) for his services to the community after establishing the Brixton BMX Club.

The club, founded in 1981, was seen as a place where young people from troubled backgrounds could turn their lives around by helping them to become productive members of society, both socially and economically.

Ken has shown commitment to the club and, in turn, has had an impact on South London and British sport as a whole, giving opportunities to young people who have gone on to be either professional riders or coaches of the sport.

The Brixton BMX Club also led to the creation of other local clubs, such as the Peckham BMX Club, whose founder Michael Pusey was recently awarded an MBE, and the more recent Merton BMX Club.

When Ken heard of his nomination, he said: “When I was told I was being nominated I was surprised, it is an honour and privilege to receive this award. I am extremely grateful for it as I feel the BCA recognise ordinary everyday people.”

Ken was nominated by Mike Woof, a member of the Brixton BMX Club, who said: “Ken is a very gentle, generous and quiet person, who gives all of his time to helping people and will never ask for anything in return.”

The British Citizen Awards were launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly to make a positive impact on society. They are awarded twice a year to recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise go overlooked.

Ken is one of 33 medallists who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 28 at the Palace of Westminster.

“I can’t wait for the ceremony now,” said Ken.

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