Published: 26 June 2013
A group of 19 primary school children from Stockport are taking part in a cycling initiative, which will prepare them for getting on their bikes when they travel to secondary school in September.
The 10 and 11-year old youngsters will undertake a number of ‘Bikeability’ training sessions over summer, with the aim of learning the skills and confidence to ride safely on today’s roads.
The sessions will be delivered by British Cycling at Stockport County FC’s stadium, Edgeley Park, to a specially-selected group of youngsters from four primary schools: Cale Green, Bridge Hall, St Ambrose RC, and Adswood.
Stockport County FC Community Foundation has partnered with British Cycling and Stockport Council to develop the initiative, which is all part of a wider scheme to help the pupils to successfully make the transition to high school. The project has been funded in part through the Safer Stockport Partnership’s ‘You Say, We Pay’ initiative in Adswood and Bridgehall, and has now been boosted by the links with the British Cycling Bikeability course.
Throughout an eight month period, the children will be undertaking a range of activities as part of ‘The Transition’ initiative, which will build their confidence and prepare them for the next stage of their education.
Dave Wardle, SCFC Community Foundation Schools Liaison Officer, said: “We are very pleased with how the SCFC Community Foundation 'Transition Project' is developing. Working with partners such as Stockport Council's Travel Co-ordination Service and British Cycling makes the project have a much bigger impact on the children.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved and look forward to building on this pilot project in the coming years.”
John Mills, Director of Coaching, Education and Development at British Cycling, said: “Bikeability training for the younger generation ensures life-long skills of safe cycling are instilled at a young age, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle, boosting confidence and developing independence.
“We’re thrilled to play a role in The Transition campaign and hope that it will provide the youngsters with a real boost when making that move to secondary school.”
‘You Say, We Pay’ events are an innovative way for Stockport residents to get involved in their community to vote for local projects. Earlier this year, representatives from Stockport County FC Community Foundation were amongst 20 projects presenting to over 120 residents at an event in Bridgehall, where they voted in favour of the Transitions project. There have been 17 similar events across Stockport since 2009, supporting over 350 projects and activities.
Councillor Shan Alexander, Executive Member for Children & Young People at Stockport Council, said: “I am very pleased that schoolchildren from Cale Green Primary, Bridge Hall Primary, St Ambrose RC Primary and Adswood Primary schools have taken part in the Bikeability training.
"The training will make a big difference to building the confidence, self-esteem and aspirations of the children taking part in this worthwhile initiative. We are looking forward to working with British Cycling and Stockport County to develop the project further.”
Bikeability will be delivered to the children during two sessions in June and July. For more information, please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk/cycletraining. To find out more about ‘You Say, We Pay’ events in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.