What makes Halesowen unique – as well as our distinctive purple kit – is that members have exclusive use of our own banked 400m outdoor velodrome. HACC membership fees include access to our training sessions – held all year round – on the velodrome, for all ages and abilities, and run by British Cycling registered coaches.
We’re far more than just a track racing club though: as well as our summer-long Friday Night Track League, we run a popular road race and a cyclo-cross and a sportive - the Halesowen 100 - while we have a strong road team, and a junior academy providing a complete pathway from infant level up to senior.
About our club
Halesowen A&CC is one of the leading cycling clubs in the West Midlands, a club with a proven track record of developing world class cyclists such as:
Current Olympic team members Jess Varnish and Helen Scott,
2014 BC elite mountain bike series winner Beth Crumpton,
Trevor Gadd, Rep GB 1976 Olympic Games, multi national track champion, life member;
Jacob (Tippa) Tipper, National team pursuit champion 2017 & gold medal team pursuit, World Cup 2018.
Within the clubs current activities club members, volunteers and parents have the opportunity:
• To be part of a successfully integrated club with multi use opportunities.
• To qualify as local Division, National and International Commissaires.
• To attend and qualify in British Cycling Coaching Schemes.
• To organise activities and events for both competition and social functions.
• To attend first aid, child protection and other Sport England courses.
Other activities, partners and users of the club and facilities
• British Cycling National series and National Championships organised by the club.
• British Schools Cycling Association for regional and National events.
• British Cycling West Midlands for Regional Events.
• Womens Cycle Racing Association for their respective Championships.
• Close links with other clubs in the area who hire the track and facilities.
• Local schools who access the facility, from organised activities starting initially from school site projects.
• Club promotion of a season long track league offering competition to all ages and both genders.
• British Cycling Club and Development Departments to access opportunities within the BC strategy.
• Promotion of Local Authority sports week and other holiday activities.
The cycling facilities consist of:
A banked 400m track, which was resurfaced in the spring of 2004.
Adjacent equipment shed with a stock of club cycles.
Changing rooms for male, female and disabled complete with showers.
The tarmaced car park is cordoned off and used for some go-ride activities, and the external perimeter of the grounds is also suitable for cyclo-cross training and minor events.
Halesowen A & CC is a multi sport club encompassing not only cycling but also athletics, weights and tennis. The club also has an active social section.
The grounds are wholly owned by the club and are assigned in a board of trustees who are all life members of the club.The total membership of all sections is in the region of 1400.
Halesowen A & CC Cycling Section are in an enviable position of having these facilities available to its members and co-exists with its other sports sections by virtue of co-operation to the good of all its members.
The foundations of the club were laid in 1937 when four young Halesowen athletes joined Birchfield Harriers Athletic Club.
The cost of travelling in those days was a problem and the four looked for more local facilities for training and moved into the local Baptist church using the cellar for changing rooms. In 1940 a number of cyclists joined the athletes and on 26th September 1940 they began training at Halesowen Technical College where they were able to use the gymnasium and take part in keep fit classes.
On 3rd October 1942 Eighteen members of Birchfield Harriers resigned and so Halesowen A&CC was born. The cycling section came into existence on 27th September 1943.
During 1943 the decision was taken to look for land where a club facility could be developed. After much searching 11 acres of very wet marshland was purchased from Lord Cobham in Manor Lane Halesowen, with interest free loans from four members of the club. Work began in 1946 to form an athletic and cycle track using 100,000 tons of clinker from Birmingham Corporation. Local contractor A & J Mucklow & Co. Ltd carried out the works, which were opened on the 6th August 1949.
Drainage problems always existed due to the nature of the original ground. The decision was taken in 1964 to raise the level of the whole track by 1 metre. A 400m cycling track was build by RM Douglas which is the foundation of the track in use today. A refurbishment was undertaken in 1994 and a complete resurfacing contract undertaken in 2004. The weights room was rebuilt in 1990 and a tartan 4-lane athletic track replaced the original grass track in 1996.
Many famous athletes and cyclists have taken part in competition at Manor Abbey Stadium including National Champions, Commonwealth and Olympic riders.
Manor Abbey Stadium is the only sports ground known to be owned wholly by the club.It is situated in close proximity to Halesowen with motorway links less that one mile away. There are several primary, secondary and further education establishments close by.
Halesowen A & CC have a long association with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council who have been, and remain very supportive of the clubs aims and activities. The commitment to cycling has led the club into organising local, regional National and International events. The club has also provided National and International officials to major events who then through their experiences gained have volunteered their services to educate other club members. On the multi use site is the clubhouse. This is used not only as a social venue for members, but also by outside agencies who use the venue for formal meetings, as well as courses related to the sports disciplines such as “Running Sport” and coaching courses. Membership of the cycling section has been growing over the last few years from around 100 in 1999 to a little over 180 in 2004. One of the main growth areas has been achieved by the work undertaken in attracting youth members, particularly under the age of 12 with school links. A good percentage of those attracted are girls although both genders are being retained along with the willingness of their parents to become involved in club activities.
The club has provided the community with vital links to many types of cycling disciplines including taster sessions for those new to cycling, but also to those who already own cycles who wish to participate and eventually compete in a structured format.
The club obtained Awards for All funding in 2000 and 2002 which enabled track cycles to be purchased, as well as enabling coaches to attend Level 2 coaching courses, Running Sport courses, first aid training and training aids for the club in community use.