Wiltshire Council is launching a new disability sports project focusing on adapted cycling. Wiltshire Wheels for All will launch on Saturday 15 July at Salisbury Athletics Track, from 10am-2pm. A range of adapted cycles will be available, including tricycles, hand cycles and tandems, and people are welcome to bring their own adapted bike if they wish.
The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that enables children and adults with disabilities and mobility issues to take part in cycling activities. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are accessible to a broad range of people, and are physically and mentally stimulating and, above all, fun.
Following the launch event, a regular adapted cycling programme will begin in Salisbury and will be run on a weekly basis. The adapted cycling programme has been developed in partnership with the national charity Cycling Projects and more locally, South Wiltshire Mencap. The Children’s Physiotherapy unit at Salisbury hospital has also played a significant role in organising the launch event.
Wiltshire Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for leisure John Thomson said: “It is essential that we provide sport and physical activity opportunities for individuals across our communities, but particularly for those who face greater barriers to their participation and who have the most to gain from being physically active. This project provides specialist equipment that removes those barriers and will help improve both the health and mobility of those taking part.”
Each session will begin on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and people are required to register their interest and to book on to one of the four sessions. To find out more, please contact the Sports Development team at Wiltshire Council via SportsDevelopment@wiltshire.gov.uk or call Rob Paget, Disability Development Officer, on 07917 262686.