Olympic Cyclist visits local cycling club

By NickiBlake on November 15th, 2012 - comments

Double Olympic Cycling Medallist Bryan Steel visited a cycling club in Lincoln this week to inspire children to bike.

A new cycling club at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy has been launched and five new bicycles along with safety equipment have been purchased, thanks to funding from national Sport England programme Sportivate.

Mr Steel delivered an assembly and assisted with a cycling session at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy on Tuesday, 13 November, as part of his role with Sportivate as a Sporting Champion.

He said: “It was a real treat to visit the Priory City of Lincoln Academy and see the Sportivate funded cycling group in action. It was great to see how the Academy uses sport and outdoor activity to teach the pupils key skills to make sure they leave school with a round whole education.”

The club hopes to encourage children from the local area to participate in mountain biking, road racing, trail riding and track days. The club will provide access to road-legal bicycles, as well as specialised coaching for young people at the school.

Michael Ginty, club organiser at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy, said: “It has been a great relief securing this funding through Sportivate; the club now has a secure future and we can plan for forthcoming events such as the Primary Sports Festival and multi-skills sports events.”

Sportivate, part of Sport England’s ‘Places, People, Play’ strategy, provides funding for sports clubs across Lincolnshire.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People’s Officer at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “Sportivate not only provides a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport; it provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire.

“Having Bryan at the cycling session at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy will hopefully encourage and inspire young people to take part in sport and strive to reach their goals”.

For more information about Sportivate or an application form for the next round (deadline Friday 25th January 2013), contact Lucy Blakey on 01522 585 580. Alternatively, click here.