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Physical Provision

Adapted Cycling

Adapted cycling, also known as inclusive cycling or adaptive cycling, refers to the modification of bicycles and cycling equipment to accommodate individuals with disabilities. This can involve using specialized bicycles, tricycles, handcycles, tandem bikes, or other adaptive devices that make cycling accessible to people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory impairments.

The benefits of adapted cycling for students with disabilities are numerous and impactful:

1. Physical fitness: Cycling provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, improves muscle strength, coordination, and balance. It can help students with disabilities to improve their overall physical health and well-being.

2. Independence and mobility: Cycling can enhance students' sense of independence and mobility, allowing them to navigate their environment more freely. This can lead to increased confidence and a greater sense of autonomy.

3. Social interaction: Participating in adapted cycling programs can provide opportunities for students to socialize with peers, instructors, and volunteers, fostering social connections and a sense of belonging.

4. Recreation and leisure: Cycling offers students with disabilities the opportunity to engage in recreational activities, enjoy the outdoors, and experience the joy of physical activity and movement.

5. Therapeutic benefits: Cycling can have therapeutic benefits for individuals with disabilities, including improved mood, reduced stress, and increased overall well-being.

6. Skill development: Cycling can help students develop a variety of skills, including coordination, spatial awareness, and following instructions, which can transfer to other areas of their lives.

7. Inclusion and accessibility: Adapted cycling programs promote inclusivity and accessibility, allowing students with disabilities to participate in a popular recreational activity alongside their peers without disabilities.

Students at Fairfield access adapted cycling sessions on a weekly basis at John Charles Stadium in Leeds and is supported by Sports Premium. These sessions continue to  have a profound positive impact on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of students with disabilities, providing them with the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of cycling in a way that is tailored to their individual needs and abilities.