The organisers of the forthcoming 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships (2-6 March) have announced a £200,000 legacy programme to bring cycling to local schools and hard-to-reach communities and get East London pedaling towards improved fitness.
The inclusive programme, which is funded by Sport England through the Major Events Engagement Fund and provided by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in conjunction with British Cycling, London Sport and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), was unveiled at a press event at Lee Valley VeloPark, hosted by Rule 5.
The legacy programme rides on the back of the world championships and aims to maximise the opportunity that this major sporting event provides for increasing activity in cycling. The sport will be made more accessible to disability groups, young people, older residents and community groups in the Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Key components include:
- A targeted approach to increasing the number of young people in the sport with the Cycling Ambassador Programme.
- Development of the next generation of track stars with the appointment of a qualified British Cycling Go-Ride coach.
- Partnerships with local health providers and a wide range of activities aimed at improving general fitness via Cycling for Health.
- Investment in adapted cycles and sessions at Lee Valley VeloPark for people with disabilities.
- Tickets for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships provided for participants in the legacy programmes.
Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership Director at British Cycling said, “We are sure that the legacy programme will be a tremendous success and a valuable source of advice and knowledge for the growing numbers of people who want to take part in the sport.
“Ensuring a participation legacy is a key part of British Cycling’s major events strategy. That is to say, we judge the value of events on their capacity to inspire people to get more active by getting on their bikes more often.”
Tickets for remaining sessions of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships are available via Ticketmaster. Hospitality packages with dining in the centre of the track are also available. For further event information visit www.trackcyclingworlds2016.london/tickets/
Pictured: CEO of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Shaun Dawson, and Legacy Programme ambassador, Sidney Schuman
Picture credit: Eleanor Bentall