CYCLING: Foyle CC’s ‘Sprocket Rockets’ programme returns to St. Columb’s Park

A group of young cyclists enjoying last year's 'Sprocket Rockets' programme in St. Columb's Park
A group of young cyclists enjoying last year's 'Sprocket Rockets' programme in St. Columb's Park

Foyle Cycling Club’s highly popular ‘Sprocket Rocket’ cycling programme, aimed at 4-12 year olds, wheels back into action in St. Columb’s Park on Saturday, March 19th at 1.45pm.

The 15-week programme focuses on delivering basic cycling skills to younger people, in a safe environment, with an emphasis on fun and participation.

Co-ordinated locally by Foyle’s qualified coaches, the series helps children advance their pedalling, balance, braking and cornering techniques through organised weekly sessions.

Senior Coach Rhonda Reilly, who manages the programme, said it was a great opportunity for children to be introduced to cycling

“St Columb’s Park and its extensive greenway network is an ideal location for this event,” she explained, “Children have been coming regularly for several years and coming into spring, we hope it encourages them to be active outdoors in a fun environment.”

The programme costs £15 per child with availability limited to 40 places. If you would like your child to participate in the 90 minute sessions, contact: Rhonda Reilly at rhondareilly@btinternet.com or by telephone at 0789 4295218. All children must wear a cycling helmet.

Beginner’s Course

Meanwhile it is not just the young cyclists who are benefitting from the Foyle coaches’ expertise as the local club continues its series of spring sessions at Templemore Sports Complex this Saturday (March 10th).

The purpose of these sessions is to encourage people to join the club and enjoy the social and physical benefits of cycling. The sessions allow potential members to participate in three club runs, learning the benefits of group riding before deciding on whether or not to join.

“Some people may find it a little overwhelming coming to a club for the first time so these sessions permit newcomers to ease their way into the sport and to make friends with existing club members,” said Foyle PRO Ronan Gallagher, “All we ask is that you come along with a road bike fitted with mudguards and we’ll take it from there!”

The sessions begin from the Complex carpark at 8.50am on Saturday 10 March. For more information contact Mark at membership@foylecycling.net.