Bikes Donated to GIC

Jul 5, 2014 | Cycling Club

Police in Greenwich have donated ten bikes to the Greenwich Islamic Centre (GIC) in Woolwich and the Greenwich Get Active programme which offers a range of activities for all ages and abilities.

The programme, run by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, offers bespoke cycle training for beginners, leisure cyclists and those who want to commute on their bicycle.

“we are really pleased to donate the bikes to this worthy programme”

Debbie Browne, Health Improvement manager from the Charlton Athletic Football club, with Met police Chief Inspector Peter Turner and two experienced cyclists from the Limited Edition Cycling club attended the GIC to give a presentation about the advantages of taking up cycling and present the bikes donated by the Met.

Debbie Brown Health Improvement Manager from the Charlton Athletic Football club said: “Cycling is a social occasion and can be very enjoyable. The best part is that whilst you have fun, you don’t realise how many miles you do which obviously helps to keep fit. The kind of cycling programme we run is completely inclusive and it is for adults, children and for all abilities.”

The programme runs over a year and fitness experts from Charlton Athletic will be at the Greenwich Islamic Centre on a weekly basis to provide training on cycling together with maps and routes to follow.

Neil Roberts and Ollie Goulding from the Limited Edition Cycling club, based in Greenwich, also provided further information about how their club helps cyclists achieve their goals whether they wish to race or simply enjoy a bike ride at the week-end.

Chief Inspector Peter Turner from Police in Greenwich said: “We are really pleased to donate the bikes to this worthy programme and to the Greenwich Islamic Centre. We hope that as many people as possible will take on board this great opportunity to keep fit and have fun at the same time”.

Cllr John Fahy, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “Greenwich Get Active aims to provide inspiration and support for local residents seeking to get more active and improve their health. While it’s led by the Council, the success of the programme depends on the active support of schools, children’s centres, community groups, health professionals and many others.

So it’s great to have the involvement of Greenwich Islamic Centre in encouraging their members to take up cycling, and fantastic that the local police and the army have been able to offer practical support in getting this scheme off the ground.”

Tariq Abbasi, director of the Greenwich Islamic Centre, thanked all involved.

For more information about the Greenwich Get Active Programme please see related links.

The Limited Edition Cycling Club meets at the The Tea Hut, Eltham Park South, Glenesk Road, Eltham, every week. Please see related links for more information

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