Three organisations are working together as the Bike Club Consortium. They have combined their expert knowledge of young people, non-formal learning and cycling to create Bike Club.
UK Youth is a national charity developing and promoting high quality youth work and educational opportunities for and with young people. It is the largest non-uniformed young people’s organisation, supporting a network of over 7,000 youth groups, clubs and projects across the UK, with over 750,000 young people engaged through these networks. Bike Club also offers opportunities to gain UK Youth’s Youth Achievement Awards through cycling activities.
ContinYou is one of the UK’s leading community learning organisations. ContinYou believes in the power of learning as a means of achieving social justice. Learning can transform everyone’s life chances, their outlook and their health.
ContinYou aims to offer opportunities to people who have gained the least from formal education and training. The organisation with a range of professional people, organisations and agencies to enhance what they do to change lives through learning.
ContinYou’s work demonstrates the links between all the areas in which learning can make a difference to people’s lives.
In Wales, the work of ContinYou is carried out by ContinYou Cymru.
As the National Cycling Charity, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a charity that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support.
CTC has expertise in training and development of cycling in ‘hard-to-reach’ sectors of the community. Their experience includes cycling with young people, cycling with ethnic minorities (BME groups) and promoting cycling among disabled people.
Youth Scotland is the largest non-uniformed youth organisation in Scotland and one of the key providers of information, training, advice and support to part time and voluntary youth workers. Youth Scotland aims to enable young people throughout Scotland to maximise their full potential through the provision of quality educational and social opportunities.
Youth Cymru is a major youth work charity operating within Wales, serving the needs of young people for more than sixty years.
Youth Cymru primarily exists to support youth workers, club leaders and their management committees in developing their programmes and meeting the priorities of the young people they work with. Additionally it promotes projects that respond to the specific needs of young people both locally and nationally. It sponsors a range of area and regional events of which some lead to national and UK wide competition, and provides a comprehensive programme of training for leaders, club members and committees.
Bike Club has been initally funded by the Department for Transport, though Cycling England‘s School Champions and Active Recreation initiative. The aim is to build in sustainability and obtain further funding after the initial launch of the programme.
When Asda CEO Andy Bond rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2009, he chose to raise money for Bike Club. Asda’s Pedal Power campaign raised over £1.2million to help us create more learning opportunities for children and young people. Asda’s support has enabled Bike Club to extend into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.