Middlesbrough Sports Village have moved to improve access to sport for local residents with a disability by opening a hub in partnership with British Cycling.

It’s the eleventh hub that British Cycling have opened across the country, with the other 10 welcoming over 1,100 riders to traffic-free locations this calendar year alone – with Middlesbrough now ensuring more accessible coaching in the North East.

From November 10, Middlesbrough Sports Village began running monthly sessions, which cost £2 when booked online or £5 when paying on the day. The final session of 2018 has been confirmed for Saturday 1 December. You can book your place by clicking here.

Disability hub sessions are organised and delivered by British Cycling coaches at dedicated cycling facilities, offering support for people with a physical or learning disability to improve their fitness, technique and confidence.

Suitable for those just starting out in the sport or rehabilitating from an injury through to athletes looking to compete, coached activities are tailored to riders’ aims and requirements.

Paul Ayre, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “This is a fantastic initiative and it’s one that we are incredibly proud to be supporting at Middlesbrough Sports Village through the use of our superb indoor and outdoor facilities. Cycling has become increasingly popular in this town and we’re pleased that we can offer disabled riders these types of sessions where they can not only keep fit, but have fun and improve their performance through these sessions.”

British Cycling club and coaching officer, Jack Rees, said: “The opening of this disability hub in Middlesbrough is a great addition to the brilliant work already taking place at other hub locations across the country.

“We are very pleased to be expanding the programme to Middlesbrough, where riders are able to develop their skills in a fun and enjoyable environment, making cycling a part of their lives.”

Luke Harper, HSBC UK’s head of the British Cycling partnership, said: “Our partnership with British Cycling is very much focused on grassroots activity, and it is important to give people the opportunity to get on a bike for the first time, develop their skills or improve their fitness.

“We are proud to be part of this new disability hub, providing support to those in and around Middlesbrough who may not have had the opportunity through cycling before.”

With adapted equipment such as handcycles, tandems, trikes and bikes to support a range of impairments, interested riders do not need to bring their own bicycle. Instead, the sessions provide a great opportunity for individuals to try cycling in its many forms and push themselves to attain new and exciting goals in the company of other motivated individuals.

For more information about what other activities you can join at Middlesbrough Sports Village, click here.