British Cycling has announced that its eleventh HSBC UK Disability Hub will open in Middlesbrough, designed to improve access to the sport for anyone with a disability.
As of this week, Middlesbrough Sports Village will begin running monthly sessions, with the final session of 2018 confirmed for 1 December.
The hubs have been steadily growing throughout the country. The existing ten hubs welcomed over 1,100 riders to traffic-free locations in 2018 so far and the new site provides more accessible coaching to the North East. Suitable for those just starting out in the sport or rehabilitating from an injury through to athletes looking to compete, coached activities are tailored to riders’ aims and requirements.
With adapted equipment such as handcycles, tandems, trikes and bikes to support a range of impairments, interested riders do not need to bring their own bicycle. Instead, the sessions provide a great opportunity for individuals to try cycling in its many forms and push themselves to attain new and exciting goals in the company of other motivated individuals.
Disability hub sessions are organised and delivered by British Cycling coaches at dedicated cycling facilities, offering support for people with a physical or learning disability to improve their fitness, technique and confidence.
British Cycling Club and Coaching Officer, Jack Rees, said: “The opening of this disability hub in Middlesbrough is a great addition to the brilliant work already taking place at other hub locations across the country. We are very pleased to be expanding the programme to Middlesbrough, where riders are able to develop their skills in a fun and enjoyable environment, making cycling a part of their lives.”