News Pioneering Cycle Project Launched To Increase Disabled Participation In Sport Across Coventry By RyanPatrick1980 Posted on September 27, 2016 7 min read 0 1 301 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr New sessions that aim to get people with disabilities into cycling have been officially launched in Coventry. Coventry Sports Foundation is delivering Wheels For All – a nationally recognised initiative led by charity Cycling Projects – in the city with support from Coventry City Council. The programme comes as part of a nationwide bid to encourage more people with restricted mobility and physical disabilities to get involved in sport, with Wheels For All centres being equipped with specially adapted cycles that are physically and mentally stimulating. An open day was held at Moat House Leisure Centre, in Winston Avenue, to launch the six-week training programme to the public with more than 100 members of the community in attendance to see and try out the collection of cycles – which includes trikes, tandems and one which can be controlled with a rider’s hands. Wendy Jackson, community development manager at Coventry Sports Foundation, said the event was an important milestone in the Foundation’s aim of enhancing the accessibility of sport in the city. “As a sporting charity, we strive to make sure that everyone of all abilities can be included in sporting activities and live a healthier lifestyle,” she said. “Wheels For All sessions are a really accessible way for people with mobility problems and disabilities to get involved with sports and lead an active lifestyle, and the Foundation is delighted to deliver it to the Coventry community. “The launch event was a real success, with visitors gaining insight into the sessions and taking advantage of the opportunity to try out all of the different bikes. “Not only this, but we were also able to support other local groups and organisations which help and offer opportunities to those with disabilities by inviting them to host stalls at the event. “With such positive engagement and feedback from the event, we’re confident Wheels For All will be a valuable asset in helping increase participation in sport across the whole community. “The project can also have a positive impact on families that have members living with disabilities as they can all join in, which can have huge benefits including getting everyone involved in sport, spending more time together and living a healthier lifestyle. “What’s more, we have ensured the project’s sustainability by receiving investment from partners such as Coventry City Council, CSW Sport and Sport England to purchase the bikes – meaning they will be available across several venues in the city on a permanent basis.” West Midlands Fire Brigade also had a presence at the event, with other action including face painters. Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said: “We want to make sport accessible to all and events like this are so important to help people find an activity they love and one that helps them stay healthy. “Getting more people involved in disability sport is a key priority of the City’s Sports Strategy and I’m delighted the launch event for Wheels For All was such a success. “We’ve all been inspired by our athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics, and it’s great to see the success of Team GB having a real impact. They have shown how rewarding sport can be – not just for our physical and mental health but to bring people together and build community spirit.” Sessions at Moat House Leisure Centre will run for six weeks and will continue at The Alan Higgs Centre, in Allard Way, from Saturday, October 22 – also running for six weeks. The final four-week programme will take place at Xcel Leisure Centre, in Mitchell Avenue, from Saturday, November 26. All sessions will run between 4pm and 6pm. For further information about any of the upcoming Wheels For All sessions visit www.covsf.com or email Dan Defeo at DGDEFEO@covsf.com.