Play on Pedals, a Games Legacy project for Glasgow, has received support from two of the city’s cycling heroes – triple Paralympic Gold medal winner Aileen McGlynn OBE, who recently scooped two silver medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and James McCallum, who won Bronze at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006.
The two Scottish Cycling athletes are now official ambassadors for the project, which aims to get pre-school children across Glasgow cycling before they start school. The project was one of the winners of the 2014 People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, securing just over £231,000 in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Both ambassadors joined the Play on Pedals team at the Indigo nursery in Castlemilk, south Glasgow, to meet children involved in the training programme and to launch the new 2015 Dream Fund award. They also met representatives from two of the pilot organisations that Play on Pedals is working with – Greg Cann, Sports Legacy Coordinator for North Glasgow Homes and John Harkins, NHS Health Improvement Team in the south of the city.
Aileen said, “Projects such as Play on Pedals play a vital role in the lasting legacy of the Commonwealth and Olympic Games”, while James added, “Play on Pedals is ensuring that children across Glasgow are learning a skill that will stay with them for life, allowing the next generation to enjoy the freedom, fun and adventure that cycling provides.”
Play on Pedals is a partnership between CTC, Cycling Scotland, The Bike Station Glasgow and Play Scotland.