Border Cycle Coaches Pedal for Inclusion

Adapted bike at coaches' event

Scottish Borders ran a very successful inaugural Cycling Disability Inclusion practical workshop in partnership with Scottish Cycling and Scottish Disability Sport Disability on Thursday 14th July at Peebles.

Borders cycle coaches' training workshopScottish Cycling tutor Chris Bryant delivered a well organised and practical course to eight coaches from cycling clubs across the region. Candidates covered essential theory components such as increasing their understanding of the Sports Inclusion Model in a cycling environment and using STEP as the main component for adaptation.

It was a privilege to have Blazing Saddles and their stock of adaptive bikes at hand for the practical session. Coaches had to delivery various scenarios so they could apply the theory of inclusion training in a realistic situation with differing bikes and equipment.

The workshop proved invaluable in demonstrating how cycling can be inclusive for riders Tandem bike at Borders coaching eventwith a disability. It allowed coaches to enhance their understanding of adaptations that could be made. Therefore, creating an inclusive environment by using effective questioning and concise communication to generate a more effective rider profile to ease planning for riders with a disability.

Alan Oliver, LIVE BORDERS Disability Sport Development Officer, added: “It was fantastic to run another inaugural Disability Inclusion Training workshop in the Borders and thanks to all the coaches and Chris for a magnificent course. It definitely gives individuals with a disability the reassurance and opportunity to attend local clubs.”