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.