The organisations: The Redcar & Eston School Sport Partnership (RESSP) and the Cleveland School Sport Partnership (Cleveland SSP) have been operational for 18 and 22 years respectively. RESSP converted to a community interest company two-and-a-half years ago and has four directors. Cleveland SSP is hosted by Laurence Jackson School. Together they work across all the Redcar & Cleveland schools delivering active travel such as Bikeability, pedestrian training and balance bike training. Bikeability is funded but the schools fund the other two initiatives. Their aim is to encourage more children and young people to be physically active and the project Sofia's fund will enable links to this objective and will hopefully inspire more children to be active.
The initiative: To coincide with the Women’s Cycling Tour and the National Cycling Championships in June the organisations will be able to offer Balance Bike sessions to around 200 pre-school children in Redcar & Cleveland. The grant will support the training by covering the costs of staff and the provision of equipment including balance bikes and helmets. Safe spaces near the cycling race routes will be chosen to deliver the sessions, which will also be open to pre-schoolers aged two to six years. The equipment purchased will help with the delivery of these sessions and will also support future work in the local primary schools and at festivals for children of this age group.