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#thebikeclubblyth formally launches

#thebikeclubblyth formally launches

#thebikeclubblyth was formally launched on February 4th at The Blyth Academy and already it’s proving a huge success.

The club is a result of a partnership between the TBSF, Bike4Health, The Blyth Academy, Active Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Sport who have worked together to develop a community cycling club. The Foundation is delighted to have been able to fund a Cycling Award for Young Volunteers (CAYV) course for 10 students – the first course to be delivered in the region. The course, accredited by British Cycling, provides young people with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills across a varied range of roles and activities within cycling.

The partnership was able to secure funding from Sport England and Blyth Town Council which was used to purchase a fleet of bikes and associated safety equipment including, helmets, and hi-visibility clothing.

The club will be staffed by the expertise from Bike4Health and Active Northumberland with further support from staff at The Blyth Academy. Every week students will gain experience in maintaining the bikes, learn about health and safety whilst riding the bikes and will train to complete cycling challenges. The students will also look at the wider health benefits of cycling and living an active lifestyle.

Jeanette Pickard, Chief Executive of the TBSF says:

“It’s great to be working in partnership with The Blyth Academy and others to set up new clubs where young people can get involved, get active and get healthy. We welcome our 10 new young members who have started their Cycling Award for Young Volunteers course which will help them gain skills in leadership and communication as well as taking a leading role in helping to engage more young people in cycling.”

Working with Bike4Health the Foundation is helping to set up new cycling clubs at Walker Technology College in Newcastle and Woodham Sports Academy in Newton Aycliffe. For further information contact us at info@tonyblairsportsfoundation.org