Wheels for All - Bolton

Wheels for All in Bolton offers a range of adaptive cycles, through Bolton Arena in Horwich and Bolton Council at Leverhulme Sports centre. Both centres run at athletics tracks and are outdoor sessions only.  Just come along on a drop in basis or contact the centres to ask about pre- booked sessions. If its your first visit, call the sessional leads to confirm the activity is running.

Activities Available at the Centre

We are working to enable cycling and have developed an information sheet to show the variety of cycles and who they could suit at Leverhulme and the Arena. The bikes we have will cover most needs but if you cannot see one that is suitable, give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your needs and see if we can help. Why not come along and try some of the bikes then if you do not feel that cycle is suitable, you will be able to try another. Please be aware that not all bikes are always available - sometimes they are awaiting repair.

The activities we currently offer are:

  • Led sessions using our fleet of adaptive cycles
  • Opportunities for using the adaptive cycles during the school holidays so families can take part.
  • Supported sessions where there is a trained member of staff on hand to help you choose the right cycle and enjoy your ride
  • Some skills training and progression activities are available where desired
  • Open sessions where the participants can come along on a drop in basis and change bikes as required or desired during the session
  • Block and regular bookings
  • Outdoors riding on enclosed athletics tracks
  • Opportunities to take part in a junior cycling club at the Arena and both sites are working to improve progression and the skills training on offer
  • Access to cycling for adults, young people and children
  • We are able to accommodate a diverse range of participants:
    • children that have additional needs including local SEN schools or other educational establishments with younger students.
    • People in a diversity of different support and caring environments and organisations
    • People from local care settings
    • wheelchair users
    • People with weight management goals
    • Elderly people
    • People with visual impairments
    • People managing mental health issues
    • Those that are recuperating post op and need to ease themselves into physical activity
    • Amputees
    • Alzheimer’s support groups and carers
    • People recovering from a stroke

We have spare capacity for SEN schools and other educational settings for young people with SEN to come along for sessions.

Contacting us to let us know about group attendance is recommended so we can make sure there are sufficient cycles and supporters on hand to make your visit enjoyable.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteering opportunities at the centres and on the supporting body, Bolton Disability Sport Association and help is especially needed with fundraising to make some improvements to the site, storage and to create attractive club rooms near the tracks so that people taking part have somewhere to sit and socialise.

We need people to help with: awards and grant applications, fundraising and events, running sessions and admin tasks (registration, monitoring and evaluation)

About the Centre

The centres are CTC affiliated groups that provide people of all abilities with the chance to enjoy cycling. They were established with the help of Cycling Projects through the Wheels for All Programme and have been running since 2009. Wheels for All is a nationally recognised programme that offers cycling opportunities to people with additional needs by giving access to adaptive cycles in a supportive and comfortable setting.

We currently work with both adult and child participants and are working hard to increase the children’s fleet at the Arena so we can accommodate more children and younger students that have additional needs. So we are looking for more children’s cycles – trikes, quads, hand cycles and child-backed tandems. If you have one to donate or know of someone that has one they could donate, please do contact the Arena and let them know. We are always interested in fundraising ideas and any opportunities to apply for grants or awards to support the work we do, so let us know if you are aware of any or if you would like to help us to raise funds.

We have created flyers for both the Arena and Leverhulme centres to help you remember the details and so you can help with promoting the centre by putting some up where they would be useful for people that could benefit from accessing the cycles. Or if you can, circulate the flyer to any relevant organisations, groups, families or individuals in the area. This can be done by opening and saving it then attaching it to email if prefer.

Contact Details

Group contact details

Arena: Sue Hayes and Leverhulme: Jamie Agar
Phone Number: 01204 488100 and 01204 334238
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The numbers provided are for the offices of the co-ordinators - it may be better to email in the first instance as both are often out delivering sessions

For Arena contact suehayes@boltonarena.com and Leverhulme jamie.agar@bolton.gov.uk

However you may be able to get information about sessions availability from other members of staff

Opening Times

Arena – March to October Thursday 10-12 Saturday 11-12 School Holidays every day 10-12 Leverhulme - All year Thursday 10 -12.30 Wednesday 6-7pm School Holidays as above plus Monday, Tuesday and Friday 2-4

Cost

£2 per session – participants can change bikes as required or desired during the session

Location

Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, BL6 6LB

Very close to Horwich Railway station and some good cycle links into the site on the NCN. The site is also close to M61 and the exit at junction 6.

Leverhulme Leisure centre, Long Lane, Bolton, BL2 6BZ Nearest station is Bolton which is just under 2 miles away. The site is accessible by vehicle from the A666 and the A579

Facilities

Cafe
Refreshments
Club Room
Toilets
Changing Rooms
Parking

Facility Details

At the Arena we are currently trying to raise funds to refurbish the club room next to the track. At Leverhulme there are plans to construct a British Cycling track and extra facilities near the site and the centre will relocate.

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

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