Vale Homes marks 2018 Barry Bike Club success
Members of Barry Bike Club at Ty Iolo, Barry, were awarded for their hard work at the club’s final session of the year.
On Tuesday 23 October, Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands was joined by Miles Punter, Director for Environment and Housing Services and Mike Ingram, Head of Housing and Building Services, to mark the evening.
Barry Bike Club was first introduced at Ty Iolo play area, through the Vale’s Communities First programme.
The club aims to reduce health inequities through promoting physical activity.
Children learned how to cycle safely in an off-road environment, how to balance through scooting, how to safely start and stop and practised turns using cones.
The Bike Club was revamped in April this year, and the sessions have attracted more than 89 children to Ty Iolo’s Play area. This success has led to a new partnership between Vale Homes (Community Investment team), Newydd and the Vale of Glamorgan Sports and Play Development, with Pedal Power, a local charity Bike organisation based in Cardiff.
A new bike club will launch in St Athan next year, and Barry Bike Club will re-start in April 2019.
Vale Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands said: “It was fantastic to see so many children take part and the club is going strength to strength, and I even decided to have a go on a bike myself to join in with them.”
Community Investment Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Mark Ellis said “Having been involved in this project in a previous role, I was delighted to see the Bike Club return. Involving over 85 local children and their parents in the project, has been great and
I hope to use Time Credits to encourage more volunteers to get involved next year.
“I am really excited for Pedal Power to be involved in setting up a new Bike Club in St Athan along with continuing the fantastic Barry Bike Club restarting in the spring of 2019.”