SOLIHULL Cycling Club is hoping to unearth the next Olympic champion after receiving a £9,997 National Lottery grant.
The club, which already boasts a long list of growing talent, will use the grant from the 'awards for all' scheme to help support the expanding youth development programme.
After Great Britain's phenomenal success at the recent Olympic Games, cycling has become a much more popular sport and community liaison officer, Dave Rutherford thinks this grant will be a benefit to everyone.
"The funding gives us the opportunity to help kids from some of the worst-off parts of the borough to try their hand at cycling," said the top veteran cyclist.
"There are world champions out there so let's get them on a bike."
And the funding couldn't come at a better time as the club continue to move forward following the opening of the new Tudor Grange Cycle circuit in Solihull.
Since the ribbon was cut the number of young riders has increased to over 70, but this grant is sure to help attract new talent.
Club coach Robin Fox is delighted with the award and the money will be well spent.
"The club can now train more coaches in addition to purchasing equipment and bikes for use in training and racing sessions at the circuit."
For more information on Solihull cycling club visit: www.solihullcc.org.uk