Welsh Cycling are looking to support the creation of three Wales based development hubs for people with disabilities to become involved in cycling.
These development hubs to be based in Cardiff, Carmarthen and Rhyl, linking in to existing clubs and facilities, and will not only provide people with the opportunity to have a go at cycling but will create a pathway for potentially talented individuals to move onto British Cycling Academy and Podium programmes.
Specific disability training of existing coaches within the clubs will be taking place within the next few months and will provide a mentoring service for these coaches. Our development team will also be supporting clubs at these sites to help them identify funding opportunities. The Welsh Cycling development team will also be working with Disability Sport Wales to encourage clubs in Wales to undergo the insport programme to encourage the provision of inclusive, quality sessions to disabled people within their communities and at a level of their choice or potential.
"Providing quality coaching sessions with appropriate equipment is essential to ensure that people with disabilities can take part in cycle sport, this in turn will hopefully provide both Welsh Cycling and British Cycling with a pool of potentially talented athletes, we are always on the lookout for the next Paralympic star.” states Gareth Sheppard, British Cycling’s Paralympic Manager
If you require any more information regarding these hubs or you are a club who would like some support in offering coaching sessions for people with disabilities you can contact Welsh Cycling at firstname.lastname@example.org