Bike ride celebrates extra funding for community scheme

A community programme celebrated the end of its recent Cycling for All initiative and additional funding with a ride down the old railway track from Richmond Station to Easby.

Activities for All is coordinated by YES@ Arete Learning Trust which runs Richmond School.

The programme was recently awarded a further £8,888 from the National Lottery Community Fund to encourage more students to take part in activities that improve motor skills and inspire them to progress into local sports clubs.

Cycling for All is delivered in partnership with Stage One Cycles at Hawes.

This term saw the programme branching out to host after-school cycling activities at Northallerton School and Sixth Form College.

In the Autumn, the programme will be held at Stokesley School and Sixth Form College which is the third of the schools within the Aretė Learning Trust.

Kath Lawson, director of inclusive support for YES@ Arete Learning Trust, said: “We are delighted that our programmes continue to be popular and provide opportunities for all students to develop skills and benefit from exercise.

“When we started the Cycling for All programme in May 2019, there were limited opportunities for some students to learn how to ride a bicycle.

“The work of Stage One Cycles through our programme and the work that they do through primary schools and from their base at Hawes is amazing.

“We are incredibly grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for recognising the immense value of our programme and for their ongoing support.”

So far, 205 students have benefitted from the Activities for All programme from a total of 18 sessions including swimming, cycling, dancing, Pilates and paddle boarding.

Activities for All offers a range of activities for children and young people of all ages and abilities.

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