Sue Blaylock, founder and Director Another great presentation at
Disability Sport or Sport for Disabled People
A one-day conference focusing on how to increase
disabled people’s participation in sport and active recreation
16th May 2013,
English Institute for Sport, Sheffield
Simply Cycling started cycling on a local unused athletics track in 2004 with four trikes borrowed from a local special school. They opened one morning a week to the general public and were delighted with the seven people who turned up. They now have 180 adapted bikes, trikes, hand cycles, wheelchair accessible bikes, tandems and side by sides. 400 people cycle at the club every week and are open to the public seven sessions per week on two sites, as well as offering day rides, cycling holidays, events and fun days.
Simply Cycling have grown primarily because of a committed volunteer work force and because we have met a real need within the Manchester area with an activity that is totally inclusive and with a very positive ‘can do’ approach to ensuring everyone – and we mean everyone – can cycle!
They have been recognized by the MBE for community organisations – The Queens Award for Voluntary Groups (2011) as well as Manchester, Trafford, Greater Manchester and British Cycling Sports Club of the Year and Volunteers of the Year Awards.
They have no local authority or statutory funding but they now employ three people plus other session workers and consider themselves to be in a good place financially and in terms of their sustainability. In 2012 they were presented with an EFDS Star Club Award.
Sue Blaylock, founder and Director of Simply Cycling resigned from her P.E. teaching post in a local secondary special school to further develop the activities of the club.