Learners at LVS Oxford last week began an exciting new adventure in conjunction with the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership.
Nearly half of our learners participated in our first session at the Wheels For All Oxfordshire scheme at Horspath Athletic Ground, which provides opportunities for both adults and juniors to access inclusive cycling. Around 40 people enjoyed the session; a mixture of adults and children, of whom the LVS Oxford learners were the youngest.
The initiative, run by Cycling Projects, offers a wide range of specially adapted cycles, tricycles, hand cycles and tandems, and is managed by trained leaders to ensure participants get the most out of the sessions. They hit the mark with Bradley who said of his first session: “It was awesome – I loved being able to try different bikes, especially the recumbent bike where you lie right back” – just one of many positive comments from our learners.
Teacher Tom Heydon was equally pleased with the first session, saying: “One of our key objectives at LVS Oxford is to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of our learners. This meets and exceeds our goals in so many ways, as it is an innovative way to get them interested in sport and physical activity, and keep fit. It also made them happy – they all had such a great time and can’t wait for the next session – and it got them socialising and mixing with other children and adults too, which can only increase their confidence and teach them to embrace new experiences”.
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.