YOUNGSTERS URGED TO ‘GO-RIDE’

21 Oct 2005

Bodnant is just one of 20 schools taking part. Hopes are high that both teachers and pupils alike will be bitten by the cycling bug and continue running sessions to make it a prominent part of the school sporting calendar.

Six clubs have so far signed up to the scheme; each keen to draw more youngsters to their club through the taster sessions. With a rich array of cycling talent in Wales, including Commonwealth champion Nicole Cooke and rising star Geraint Thomas, the next generation of Commonwealth and Olympic heroes are waiting in the wings to take their place and continue Wales’ tradition as a cycling superpower.

The programme is supported by a major sponsorship deal with GlaxoSmithKline Nutritional Healthcare. Already having thrown its support behind the British Cycling scheme, the company has expanded its offer to Welsh Cycling to bring the benefits to up to 600 primary school children.

The £10,000 investment from GlaxoSmithKline has been match funded by the Sports Council for Wales’ Sportsmatch Cymru scheme and has given Welsh Cycling the green light to roll out the scheme out to 20 schools in Wales.

Graham Neale, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Nutritional Healthcare explained, "We are delighted to be supporting the Go-Ride initiative across Wales. We want to encourage more kids to get active and Go-Ride offers young people opportunities to develop their cycling skills in a safe and fun environment."