Michelin-sponsored Motocross challenge project shortlisted for ITV's The People's Projects


The Michelin-sponsored Motocross Challenge Project (MXCP) has been shortlisted for ITV’s The People’s Projects in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund. MXCP has made it to the final five and stands to win a significant grant to help support the valuable opportunities it provides for young people. A short film about MXCP was aired on ITV at the end of February and the public now have the chance to vote for their overall winner.The Dover-based Motocross Challenge Project was established in 2000 to offer an alternative way to educate and motivate young people across Kent. Today they work with schools, care homes, foster homes, virtual schools, youth centres and youth offender services as well as private families and individuals. Using motocross as a practical tool is a unique and innovative way to educate, motivate and enthuse young people. The young people who attend MXCP are generally not in full-time mainstream education and by engaging with MXCP they have access to various alternative curriculum and core skills classes alongside the motocross and mechanics training programme. In 2016 MXCP will continue to run motocross experience sessions on selected weekends for young people aged 6-18, specialising in beginners and providing all tuition, safety equipment and the latest Suzuki motorcycles complete with Michelin tyres. During the week, the project will offer educational courses for those aged 12-18 including Mechanics, Sport & Fitness, Maths and English, as well as off-road riding. These courses are a stepping stone for these students, progressing them back into school, further education, volunteering, apprenticeships and employment. This is not the first time MXCP has been recognised for the vital support it provides, having recently received funding from Comic Relief, allowing the project to deliver some of their courses free of charge to those most in need. Ryan Matthews, MXCP said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to reach so many people with our upcoming exposure through The People’s Projects and if we were to win the grant it would make a huge difference to how many more young people we could help. Our approach is unique, but time has shown it to be successful. The discipline, dedication and passion established through motocross will stay with our students long after they leave us and will serve them well in all areas of their lives. As ever, none of this would be possible without the committed support of sponsors such as Michelin. The team at Michelin are incredibly passionate about motorcycling and it is with this regular and long-term support that we have been able to ensure all our bikes are always fitted with high quality Michelin MX tyres.” James Dimmock, Michelin Marketing Manager said: “We couldn’t be happier to see recognition of the vital work MXCP does with young people. At Michelin we endeavour to support all areas of British motorcycling and it is a pleasure to be able to help young people and introduce them to the exciting sport of motocross.”

Watch MXCP’s film here and vote at Voting closes on Sunday 13th March 2016. Terms and conditions will apply. Follow #peoplesprojects for updates.To find out more about MXCP visit or to see more of Michelin’s range of motorcycle tyres visit