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YOUNGSTERS URGED TO ‘GO-RIDE’

21 Oct 2005

CLUBS TAKING PART IN THE PROGRAMME:

  • Rhyl Cycling Club
  • Dysynni (Based in Tywyn)
  • Energy (Based in Llanberis)
  • Maindee Flyers (Based at Maindee track, Cardiff)
  • Newport Velo (Based at Newport Velodrome)
  • Bynea Cycling club (Based at the Carmarthen Track)

QUOTES

  • Chief Executive of Welsh Cycling, Peter Sommers said:

"Welsh Cycling is delighted to be driving forward the Go-ride cycling programme for young people in Wales. Thanks to both GlaxoSmithKline and Sportsmatch Cymru, Welsh Cycling's development officers will be able to give School Children across Wales the chance to participate in fun healthy cycling activities and then offer them a chance to continue their cycling careers by linking them with an accredited club in their local area"

  • Chair of Sports Council Wales, Philip Carling explains:

"Go-Ride will help remove some of the barriers that stop young people from using their bike as a mode of transport. It also aims to develop sustainable cycling activities for our schoolchildren and will go some way to raising activity levels.

"The programme is also great news for the future of the sport in Wales. With strong links forged between schools and clubs, Welsh Cycling can look forward to an influx of enthusiastic youngsters looking to emulate the success of Wales’ formidable elite riders."

· Martyn Blythin, Headteacher at Bodnant Junior School said:

"As well as being an efficient and eco-friendly means of transport, cycling is also an excellent way to get fit. The Go-Ride initiative provides both training and resources and I have no doubt that riders from our school will benefit from the scheme."