A Bike Club first for Cambridge
On Friday, local MP Julian Huppert will visit Castle School, Cambridge, to witness a highly successful Bike Club initiative. The school is the first Bike Club in Cambridge catering for young people with physical and learning disabilities.
Bike Club is a UK wide cycling programme which works with local youth and community groups, schools, voluntary and statutory organisations to help young people be creative and explore their cycling interests.
Julian Huppert will enjoy a Bike Club display from the young people who are looking forward to presenting their cycling skills. The bike display will incorporate the demonstration of basic skills using a selection of mountain bikes and tricycles.
Castle School is a Special School catering for 140 young people aged 2 to 19 years of age. The school have committed to supporting their young people to cycle more through their School Travel Plan and have subsequently set up a very successful Bike Club initiative.
Sarah Merrington, National Bike Club Manager confirms, “Castle School Bike Club is a positive example of how a school has incorporated a cycling initiative into their school curriculum. It is great to see how the school’s Bike Club has been incorporated as part of their curriculum and runs as part of the life skills programme in Key Stage 3”.
The school’s Bike Club is run during lunchtimes and after school. Initially the school used a Bike Club grant to purchase bikes and safety equipment. The school has targeted 70 pupils to access the project in their first year.
The Bike Club focuses on building safe cycling skills, simple maintenance skills and learning Bikeability skills. The Club focuses on building confidence and self esteem of the pupils, enabling them to work together as a team. Pupils with significant co-ordination or physical difficulties are still able to access the Bike Club through intense 1-1 support from Bike Club leaders.
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Julian Huppert to visit Castle School, Cambridge; 12 noon, Friday 7th October 2011.
Bike Club Leader - Anne Haberfield (Deputy Headteacher). http://castleschool.info/index.html
Bike Club has been formed by a consortium of three leading charities and is funded by the Department of Transport through Cycling England, and the Asda Foundation. The three members of the Bike Club Consortium are able to combine their expertise in youth work, non-formal education and cycling. Further information can be found at http://bikeclub.org.uk
CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.ctc.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 is the UK’s leading organisation dealing with extended services, ensuring that education takes place in a variety of environments beyond school hours. ContinYou’s experience of establishing projects like Sing Up means that cycling will now be available in the formats pioneered by the organisation, such as their successful breakfast clubs.