Since the team here at the Flying Futures Community are constantly looking for new challenges to tackle; once the PruGoals programme came to light we knew we had to get involved. The PruGOals programme uses Prudential Ride London to empower young people to achieve their goals.
As part of their nationwide commitment to social inclusion in the UK, Prudential has partnered with a number of organisations to focus on raising the aspirations and increasing self esteem in young people. The programme will take young people on a journey through the year, and culminates in taking on the Ride-London 46-mile bike ride.
After Delivering the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust ‘Get on track’ programme in Spring 2017, we were introduced to a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our participants jumped at the chance to get involved; even if this meant cycling around London for a staggering 46 miles. We now have 9 young people taking part in the challenge, and are working with the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust to offer the programme to even more aspiring young people.
This January we attended the Edge in Sheffield where we had our complimentary bike and helmets fitted; received encouraging words from PruGoals teachers, coaches and professional cyclists, and were taught all the essential skills required when riding on the road.
Moving forward, as the days to the big event get closer, we will have to endure weekly training sessions raising our strength and self esteem. But before we can hit the 46-mile mark in London on the 29th of July, we will first put our training to the test. On March 21st we will undertake the challenge to complete a 23 mile ride around Sheffield, one we can’t wait to complete. At this point of our journey we will come to realise the true mental and physical dedication it takes to become a cyclist.
The Ride London will be challenging to complete for all those involved. Success will require perseverance and strong character – something which these young people have developed over the past few years. London… we are getting ready for you!