Bike Club is a national programme that inspires young people to become participants and leaders of fun, creative and inclusive cycling-related activities. It recognises that cycling can improve the lives of young people by increasing physical activity levels, improving health and wellbeing, encouraging learning and building social inclusion. This is reflected in the diversity of the cycling projects it has helped establish in Scotland. They include young people from families with low incomes, BME groups, young people with disabilities, girls only projects and young people not in employment or education. It is led by a consortium of established charities including Youth Scotland, UK Youth, ContinYou and CTC – the national cycling charity. Further information about Bike Club can be found at http://bikeclub.org.uk
CTC is the national cycling charity, with over 130 years’ expertise in supporting cyclists and promoting cycling. CTC has pioneered projects that bring the benefits of cycling to hard-to-reach groups within the community.
Youth Scotland is the network of youth clubs and groups across Scotland. It is the largest non-uniformed youth organisation in Scotland and delivers quality youth work programmes, information, resources, training and support to community based youth work across Scotland. http://www.youthscotland.org.uk
UK Youth is a national charity developing and promoting high quality youth work and educational opportunities for and with young people. It is the largest non-uniformed young people’s organisation, supporting a network of over 7,000 youth groups, clubs and projects across the UK, with over 750,000 young people engaged through these networks. Bike Club will offer opportunities to gain UK Youth’s Youth Achievement Awards through cycling activities.
ContinYou provides expertise in community learning and health improvement, fulfilling a major role in supporting the development of community focused schools and offering out of school hours and informal learning opportunities to children, young people and adults beyond the school day and curriculum.
The development of Bike Club in Scotland has been funded by Asda’s Pedal Power campaign.