Recently we delivered a successful Wheels for All Leader training course for St. Helens council on Merseyside.
The course was delivered in partnership with the road safety team and the sports development team of the council alongside various partners representing day centres and SEN school from across the region.
Th aim of the training course was to educate and mentor and give people the knowledge and skills to support future sessions from Victoria Park in St. Helens ready for the new season of Spring 2017.
If you would like to get involved with St. Helens Wheels for All as a participant or a volunteer please do get in touch with Lyndsey Ryder-Moulton on 01744 676188
We are really looking forward to a very busy day at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre on Monday 21st November whereby we will be bringing Wheels for All activities to children, adults and the elderly.
The Try Out event is being delivered in partnership with Wiltshire County Council through the Disability Sports development team at the council.
The aim is to gather momentum and ongoing interest for the creation of a permanent Wheels for All offer for all abilities across South Wiltshire and beyond.
We are aware that here is currently very little provision for inclusive cycling across the county of Wiltshire and the aim of this partnership is to create a regular Wheels for All programme for the communuties of South Wilthsire in Salisbury accessible for everyone regardless of their ability.
If you would like to know more about the event and get involved then please contact Robert Paget on 01722 434770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Through our Pedal Away initiative we have recently delivered another exceptional Great Pedal Away Challenge which offers rider a chance to take on the challenge of either a 10 mile or a 40 mile tour of the borough of Knowsley.
Over 140 riders took part in the challenge event which showcases the cycle trails, greenways and countryside in and around Knowsley.
We had exceptional weather on the day making it ideal for the cycle challenge.
Every person that entered the event raised funds for the charity Cycling Projects and with the added incentive of those rasing over a £100 receiving a limited edition Cycling Projects cycle jersey!
All proceeds will go towards increasing the fleet of adapted cycles at our Wheels for All centres in Halewood.
A huge thank you goes out to all the riders who completed the events – your support is very much appreciated and of course we really want to thank all the volunteers and partners who made this event such a success – it really couldn’t have happened without you!!
The plans for The Great Pedal Away Challenge event 2017 are for bigger and better things perhaps stretching into neighboring boroughs….so watch this space for further updates..
Moors Valley Country Park is a Forestry Commission site in Dorset which offers inclusive cycling opportunities for groups, individuals and those returning to cycling after recovering from ill health.
We have teamed up with the Health and Activity Team for Christchurch and East Dorset and also Wessex Inclusive Cycling to provide training and support as they plan to expand their service and increase their pool of volunteers.
The network of volunteers includes parents, carers, local cyclists and those working in outdoor edication
Moors Valley Country Park offers a wide range of trails giving people of all abilities the chance to cycle in some beautiful settings.
If you want to know more regards to sessions and what cycles are available or indeed if you want to volunteer please do get in touch – 01425 480811
or email email@example.com
Fancy a challenge?! How’s about riding 50, 80 or 100 miles in the Marlow Red Kite sportive this September!
This is a great example of two cycling worlds coming together: you may be capable of riding 100 miles in a lightening fast time, but in doing so you could be supporting someone to cycle round an athletics track for the first time.
We have developed a great partnership with the team at Red Kite and Marlow Riders, who are very kindly donating proceeds from their great event to go towards supporting Wheels for All activities in their area. Last year, the ride managed to raise £7,000 which was donated to the charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer. This is an incredible achievement for an event organised by locals for all to enjoy, whilst supporting fantastic causes.
Colin Lavis, Director of Red Kite Sportive, commented: “it’s a great opportunity for us to help out a charitable cause. We know Wheels for All can bring the enjoyment of cycling in to many peoples’ lives and we’re proud to support this as an organisation”.
If you’re interested in taking part in the event, then act fast! As the popularity grows year on year, the entries fill up fast – you can find out more and register for the event here:
Entries are now open for this the fifth annual event – all four have sold out to date – with capacity again set at 700 entries.
Local club Marlow Riders pride themselves on providing a friendly atmosphere and good value for money with quality signage, comprehensive choice at the feed stations and three challenging routes: 50 mile, 80 and 100 miles.
All three routes travel through Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire passing over some of the highest parts of the Chilterns and then back into the Thames Valley.
Start and finish will again be at the Marlow Sports Club on the banks of the River Thames.
Three well sign-posted routes, three feed stations, electronic timing, ample parking at the start, showers at the finish and GPX routes to download before the event, are all being promised by the organisers.
And the Red Kite Ride finish area is again being designed to allow family and friends to gather to eat, drink and relax after their ride. The after event “theatre” will again be supported with on-air entertainment provided by Marlow FM radio station.
A new campaign to encourage more disabled people to be active was launched in July.
The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.
Results show that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people are a large proportion of everyone’s community. However, research highlights often disabled people do not find the opportunities accessible or appealing enough, or do not know where to go to find the right information.
Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active and do not necessarily take part with just other disabled people. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.
The Wheels for All team attended a launch event at Clarence Park, Bury, along with well-known actor Will Mellor who is a championing the campaign. He is extremely passionate about ensuring more opportunities exist for disabled people. With lived experience of disabled people in his family, Will wants to help make a difference and spread the Together We Will message. He is joining in the campaign by raising awareness of the opportunities and organisations that can support disabled people to be more active.
To engage in an inclusive activity, why not visit any one of our many Wheels for All centres across the UK, by accessing our interactive map here
These pictures are from the fantastic WFA centre in Clarence Park, Bury: go along and join in the fun!!
To celebrate Wheels For All being 25 years old this year, the wonderful team at Salford held a fantastic birthday event which will live long in the memory.
We had over 300 people celebrating our birthday along with the 10 year celebrations for Salford Action for Autism.
A huge thank you goes to our special guest visitor Lamin Manneh, winner of 2 Bronze medals from the INVICTUS GAMES, who gave up his time to give medals out to all our participants today; it’s safe to say you made their day!
Thank you to Millie’s Grandma for our gorgeous cake and to all the volunteers, stall holders, families & trustees that helped make it a great day.
A special thank you to Worsley Rotary Club for their Dragons Den funding that made it possible and to Transport for Greater Manchester for all their support.
Salford Wheels for All offers several days a week of cycling activities from its base at Cleaveleys Track whereby there a fine range of cycles to support all needs and abilities.
If you’d like to get involved in Wheels for All in Salford, have a look at their page on our interactive WFA centre map.
We had some great feedback last week from Warrington Visually Impaired Peoples’ group who visited Marbury Country Park to trial our Wheels for All session there.
Whilst the park itself is such a beautiful venue, we feel we are able to add to the experience by enjoying the surroundings on an adapted cycle. Many of the visually impaired people hadn’t cycled before so it was a first for many of the them to have the wind in their hair and the smiles cycling brings!
The group took this video of them setting off on their maiden voyage from our WFA hub at the Rangers Centre:
You’ll also see Pete in the video, our trusted and valued WFA volunteer who leads the sessions along with Dave, without whom these sessions wouldn’t take place. Thanks chaps!
WFA sessions run at Marbury Park every Wednesday 10am – 3pm.
Cycling Projects has recently been working closely with the Sports Development department of the Manx government to raise the profile of Wheels for All across the Isle of Man.
The partnership has allowed for the purchase of a range of adapted cycles, the delivery of accredited Wheels for All Leader training and a number of Wheels for All open days all held at the National Sports Centre in Douglas.
All Wheelsofr All activities will be delivered under the supervision of the Manx Sports development team, who will be offering mox of booked only sessions for various support groups from across the island. There will also be the chance for individuals to drop by and get involved in the activities throughout the season. The sessions will bring together children, adults and the elderly with members of their family making cycling a completely inclusive activity for many generations of the family.
For more information on how to access the service please contact Zoe Crowe on (01624) 688575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have teamed up with Wirral Council and Tranmere Rovers to launch the exciting new Pedal Away project in Wirral.
We have a launch event this Wednesday at Prenton Park, home of the mighty Tranmere Rovers. If you’d like to find out more about our programme and planned rides, please drop in – we’re even being treated to a ‘bike breakfast’!
There’s also an opportunity to get your bike serviced by qualified bike mechanics on your visit, so why not drop in and say hello.
For more info, see the below news article in the local paper: