29th May 2019
Two apprentices from HETA have joined a cycling team hoping to improve their fitness and wellbeing.
Tom Clarke and Tarik Ciftciogullari are current HETA apprentices who in their spare time have been a part of a cycle academy, R-evolution.
R-evolution's Cycle Academy has been set up for young people aged between 15-19 years old. In partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Sport England, the Cycling Academy provides young people with an opportunity to be a part of a high profile cycle team and develop soft skills to turn themselves into better all-round cyclists.
Tom said “The academy is really friendly and supportive. They really care about you.”
Over the last 7 weeks the academy have already taken part in the Tour De Yorkshire and will be involved in the UCI world championships as well as receiving a wide variety of cycling related training.
Tom and Tarik spend Wednesday evenings with the Academy and are also encouraged to get out on their bikes away from the cycle team. Every week the team bike at least 30miles starting at Beverley Westwood travelling to North Newbald and back to Beverley.
A recent endeavour for the team was the Tour De Yorkshire. On the day on the race the cycle team met up at The Bridlington Spa for a team meeting in their team kit. Tom and Tarik shared how important and valued they felt especially kicking off the start of the race. The cycle academy were at the front of the line to kick off the race with 100s of year 6s behind them. Tom said “I felt significant because we was at the front of the line and the children followed us when we started biking. We was on the road for about 20minutes. It was great because the crowd was cheering us on.”
Tim Pattle, Development officer at R-evoultion added “Tom and Tarik have both shown great enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and shown determination to improve further. The Academy programme has been going really well so far and the two lads are valuable members of the team.”
Tarik said “it’s been a great opportunity to meet new people but also to better myself as an individual and team player. My confidence skills have also grown.”
The academy continues to meet on a Wednesday evening and hopes to take part in more local sportives. To follow the team’s progress, please visit: http://www.r-evolution.org.uk/...