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Government funding of 10000 euros for Castlebar cycling club

Government funding of 10000 euros for Castlebar cycling club

The National Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities in local community groups. In particular, its objectives are to:

Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and in some cases VECs and schools to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation

Islandeady cycling club located in Castlebar co mayo have received grant support to the tune of €10,000 in recognition to the outstanding support this local club offers to their members but also to the wider community in promoting cycling as a health option which all members of the community can participate in.

The club have recently invested in state of the art virtual road cycling training equipment for their club house in Jacks old cottage islandeady and are using the Wahoo Kickr system to run community based spinning and training sessions for individuals interested in learning more about a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing through cycling.

The virtual trainers recreate cycling road conditions and cyclists experience the changes in road surfaces including hills, descents, corners and town riding as if they were cycling outdoors on normal road conditions.

The training equipment not only gives users a great workout, it teaches participants skills and techniques in becoming a better and more confident cyclists and encourages individuals to get back on the road and to participate in sport through cycling activities over the autumn and winter months with their own families and the wider community.

A wide range of groups and individuals have already experienced the clubs training program including local primary schools, senior community members, individuals with disabilities and cyclists returning to the sport. Participants receive a road safety information session, advise on health & nutrition and road skills.

Islandeady Cycling Club plan to invest in additional skills training equipment with a special focus on supporting individuals looking to return to road cycling, individuals with a current fear of cycling and those with physical disabilities to encourage and support this group to Get out - Get Healthy - through cycling

More information is available on their club facebook page, with recent photos and videos of the new health & well being facilities.

Islandeady cycling club are open for new members and cycle every sunday morning from their clubhouse at Jack's old cottage Islandeady from 10am

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