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“Cycling is an activity that people of all ages and ability can enjoy and we are delighted that Evans Cycles is able to support the work of Special Olympics Great Britain and have the opportunity of bringing the joy of cycling to those with intellectual disabilities,” said Nick Wilkinson, CEO Evans Cycles.
The programme, led by Special Olympics Great Britain and funded through the support of Evans Cycles, aims to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families through the power of cycling.
During the first year of the programme five centres will come on board to provide sessions will provide a safe environment for people with an intellectual disability to learn the technical skills to ride a bike. As they develop their skills they will have opportunities to ride recreationally with family and friends and for those who want to pursue the sport further they will be given coaching and the opportunity to take part in Special Olympics’ framework of regional, national or international competitions.
The programme will initially operate through a network of existing cycling projects run at “Wheels for All” centres and was launched at Crawley Wellbeing centre. Karen Wallin Chief Executive of Special Olympics GB was on hand to receive the new bikes for the centre from Evans Cycles.
The programme is being made possible through the support of Evans Cycles and their customers, who will have the opportunity to contribute when shopping online at www.evanscycles.com. Customers will be able to round up their payment to the nearest pound via the Pennies system, which is an electronic charity box that makes giving easy and affordable.
Karen said "We are very grateful to Evans Cycles for their support and to their on-line customers who are making donations through Evans partnership with the Pennies Foundation. Their generosity makes such a difference to our Special Olympics athletes across the country.
"Contributions, like this one from Evans, helps to transform the lives of people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. Pennies is such a brilliant idea – it makes it so simple for people to make a donation.”
Learn to ride sessions run every other Saturday starting on 13th July between 9.30-10.30 & 12:30-13:30. A qualified instructor will be on hand to provide plenty of encouragement to help teach individuals how to ride a two wheel bicycle. Booking essential, to pre-book call 01293 585350 or email Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other dates and times that people can book to come learn how to ride a two wheel bicycle include:
Learn to ride sessions will be held at Crawley’s Inclusive BMX Track, Cherry Lane, Langley Green, RH11 7NX.
Crawley Wheels for Wellbeing are also running a 6 week cycling course, organising monthly led-bike rides in and around Crawley, and running a volunteer program that provide opportunities for enthusiastic people wanting to get involved and help people with intellectual disabilities enjoy cycling.