Pitch in to help Havercroft cycle club

DAMAGED SURFACE Cycling club Wheels For All at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre.
DAMAGED SURFACE Cycling club Wheels For All at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre.

A cycling club for people with disabilities needs £40,000 to upgrade its all-weather pitch.

Wheels for All, at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre, has a fleet of adapted bikes to help people of all ages who have additional needs.

But holes, around a metre wide, have started to appear in the centre’s polymeric pitch making it unsafe for members to ride their bikes.

Club co-ordinator Gail Tombs has applied for £40,000 from the Waste Recycling Environmental Group (WREN), a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community projects, to improve the facilities.

But in order to get the money, the club must first raise 11 per cent of the proposed total themselves.

Miss Tombs said: “The damage to the surface is making it potentially hazardous.

“We have been trying to cone off the areas of damage but the damage is now becoming more widespread.

“The pitch has been down for 15 or 16 years and it is just wear and tear. We are now speaking with other group to raise the rest of the money.”

The club holds a two-hour session on the second Saturday of every month for young people with disabilities and their family members.

It also provides sessions for adults with disabilities from day centres during weekdays.

Miss Tombs has been in discussions with three firms who have all given her quotes for replacing the surface.

She hopes work could begin as soon as WREN approves the funding application.

With the starting line of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire in sight, Miss Tombs wants the group to capitalise on the world’s top cyclists coming to the region.

She said: “We recognise cycling is becoming more popular after having the Grand Depart here last year.

“We were invited to Nostell during the Tour de France for a festival and we took our bikes down and showed people what we did.

“It was positive for us because it showed people with additional needs that there is a service for them to get them out riding. We hope to do the same when the Tour de Yorkshire comes here.”

Anyone wanting to donate to the club should log on to www.wheelsforallhavercroft.org or call Miss Tombs on 07762 018136.