Embrace spirit of Giro d’Italia

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To celebrate the Giro d’Italia the Southern Cycle for Health scheme is hosting a week of cycling activities from May 5 to 9 to give people the opportunity to try or get back into cycling.

Adults and families can get involved in free rides in Craigavon and Armagh areas. All cycles are led by qualified cycle leaders and everyone registering will be provided with a bicycle, helmet and safety equipment.

Gerard Rocks, assistant director for Promoting Wellbeing, Southern Health and Social Care Trust said, “Cycling is a great way to be active, get outdoors, meet new people and improve health and wellbeing, so book early as places are limited.

“Southern Cycle for Health demonstrates how the trust empowers communities to take active and positive roles in improving their wellbeing.”

The Cycle for Heath scheme, which has been running in the Southern Trust area for over five years, offers free access to cycle training, bicycles and safety equipment.

It is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) coordinated by the Southern Trust and supported by the five councils in the Southern area.

The programme provides free cycle leader training for anyone working or volunteering for a statutory or community group/organisation.

As part of the programme, leaders will have access to a number of bicycles in CyclePod sites from May 6 including Loughgall Country Park, Cascades Leisure Centre, Portadown; Scarva Tea Rooms, Banbridge and Dungannon Leisure Centre.

Angela McComb, health and social wellbeing manager with the Public Health Agency said, “Cycling is an activity which is suitable for all ages and abilities and we are delighted to support the local events to mark the arrival of the Giro.

“We hope that this week will motivate many to get out and enjoy being active with their friends and families and inspire them to make use of the free resources available in their community on an on-going basis.”

For more information on your local Giro Week Cycle or Health programme and how to register go to www.southerntrust.hscni.net/physicalactivity for a full outline of the programme or contact Sabrina Lynn on by telephone on 3831 1525 or email, Sabrina.lynn@southerntrust.hscni.net