WHEELS IN MOTION YOUTH PROJECT
Monday the 6th of March saw the launch of East Tyrone Cycling Clubs Wheels in Motion youth Project at Cookstown High School. A delegation of East Tyrone members took to the stage in the schools assembly alongside the Chairman of Cycling Ulster, Mr Maurice McAlister and a representative of Sport NI, Mr Conleth Donnelly.
One of the top young riders in East Tyrone CC and a student of Cookstown High School, Mr Harvey Barnes, gave an address to the Assemble of students from years 8, 9 and 10. He began by thanking the High School for permitting East Tyrone cc the use of the school grounds and their gym for the Wheels in Motion project. He also extended thanks to Sport NI and the Local Mid Ulster District Council for awarding grants to allow the project to get up and running.
He went on to encourage students, both male and female, to take advantage of this great opportunity to try cycling as a sport under expert guidance from experienced cyclists. Maurice McAllister then gave a few words on the benefits of cycling, not only on a physical level but on a mental level as well, from stress relief to greater concentration. He explained how Cycling Ulster caters for many different levels of rider ability from leisure right up to top level racing.
The club, through grants, were able to purchase a number of new bicycles for those youth that do not have their own bikes, to have an opportunity to try cycling without having to commit to purchasing a bike initially.
The Project commences this Saturday morning the 11th of March 2017 at Cookstown High School from 10.30am until 12 noon meeting in front of Coolnafranky House. If the weather is bad the indoor rollers will be used.
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