Kettering Cycling Club offers free skills sessions for children

Kettering Cycling Club is offering free Go Ride sessions for children
Kettering Cycling Club is offering free Go Ride sessions for children

Youngsters are being encouraged to take up cycling in the run-up to the Friends Life Women’s Tour coming to Kettering.

Kettering Council and Kettering Cycling Club are working together to offer free Go-Ride cycling sessions.

The sessions will be held on a Tuesday evening, starting at 7pm and finishing at 8pm, and will alternate between Rothwell Recreation Ground, Well Lane (first and third Tuesday of the month) and Kettering Buccleuch Academy (second and fourth Tuesday of the month). The first session will be held at Rothwell Recreation Ground on April 7.

The new sessions will be open to children aged seven to 17 who will be grouped according to age and ability. Qualified British Cycling Coaches will run the sessions, which will be focussed on fitness whilst having fun, riding on grass but with a mixture of circuits and obstacles to teach skills. Cyclists wanting to take part will need to bring a serviceable mountain or cross bike with helmet and suitable clothing for the conditions.

Youth development officer for Kettering Cycling Club, Mark Evans, said:, “Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and we want to grow our youth section at the club by providing these new free sessions.

“The excitement of last year’s Women’s Tour has put cycling on the map locally and we want to make sure we can offer young people an avenue to take up cycling.”

,Acting head of community services at the council, Guy Holloway, said: “It’s great to see a groundswell of cycling leading up to the arrival of the Women’s Tour on the 19th June. Engaging young people into sport at an early age is important as it creates a sporting habit that stays with them for life.”

The Friends Life Women’s Tour is coming to Kettering on Friday June 19.

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