LCC-supported cycle club is focus for local schools

Field End interschool championship
photo An LCC-led project at a school in Hillingdon became a fo cus for cycle training

An LCC-led project at a school in Hillingdon became a focus for cycle training for a day last month when three other local schools joined in the fun.

Field End Junior School in Hillingdon has been running an after school cycle club since it first received funding from the LCC-run Community Cycling Fund in 2007.

The club is well attended and parents, teachers and local volunteers have got on board to create a real buzz. It uses high-quality coaching to teach impressive control skills, plus maintenance using a well-equipped tool shed.

One day in June, project leader Alan Grant invited pupils from three other local schools to benefit from their experience. The schools were:

  • Moorecroft School - for students with severe learning difficulties
  • Alexandra School - a special needs school with moderate learning difficulties
  • Coteford Juniors - a mainstream school that has a special needs department

Pupils from the visiting schools paired up with 'bike buddies' from Field End who helped each other around an obstacles and even under limbos to complete the course.

Theme was Cycling for Everyone
Project leader Alan said, "The theme of the day was cycling for everyone. We wanted to show that anyone can cycle, even if it means getting a specialist bike. It's not beyond anyone.

"The students from the three schools proved the point: nobody had any problems and all completed the cycling course."

Hillingdon’s mayoress, Cllr Shirley Harper O’Neil was on hand to give out certificates and medals to all those taking part, and everyone was in need of refreshments after the presentation as it was a baking hot day.

Barbara, the school crossing warden, who has been patrolling the pelican crossing by the school for 35 years, said: “Since the Tuesday club started a lot more children are cycling. Now there aren't enough cycle parking places: there’s a waiting list.”

Support from local organisations
The day had huge support from local organisations including the Road Safety Team, School Travel Advisors, Healthy Hillingdon, the Specialised Concept Store, Cycling Experience, Safer Neighbourhood Team and Hillingdon Safer Transport Team. 

Local people, parents and carers came along to join in the fun. Soman, father of Aswathi said, "It is a really nice day out and people are really understanding. It is good to have things like cycling as it exercises Aswathi’s muscles. It has been great to see so many happy faces.”