2020 BIKEABILITY AWARDS PROGRAMME
The Bikeability Trust is delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd annual, national Bikeability Awards programme.
The primary aim of the Awards Programme is to reward and promote the good work that the Bikeability industry and partners are doing. Secondary aims include collecting case studies that can be used both to showcase Bikeability to external audiences, and to provide examples of best-practice for peer-to-peer learning within the industry.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.
2020 BIKEABILITY AWARDS- RESULTS
1. Instructor of the Year:
Runner up: Joe Webb (London Borough of Bromley)
Winner: Anna Hay (Outspoken Training)
Sam Pritchard, a fellow instructor who Anna peer mentored says “Anna is an exceptional instructor she has a natural way of imparting information to both students and instructors alike which is calm, informative and professional. Having worked with Anna on quite a few of my sessions I have found her to be an excellent peer mentor managing to make me feel proud of my achievements yet also making me aware of the improvements I can make to my practice in a positive way.
The children love her, and she always works in a progressive, understandable way no matter what age or ability the children she is teaching are…… I cannot think of an instructor who deserves it more”.
2. Provider of the Year:
Runner up (joint): Cycling Instructor Ltd
Runner up (joint): Cycle Confident
Winner: Avanti Cycling
The head of Geoffrey Field Junior School says, “The Avanti instructors are fantastic with the children, we have a high percentage of SEN children in our school, some of the courses have had a school member of staff go with them, but the majority of the time Avanti are able to manage the behaviour of the children successfully without needing any extra support, there have been occasions where they have brought in extra instructors to ensure the groups are successful and that the children are passing the courses.
It has been a pleasure working with Avanti Cycling and all their staff and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them, developing it further so that we have as many as possible children complete the level 1&2 and move onto achieving the level 3 Bikeability award.”
3. Local Authority /SGO Host School Partner of the Year:
Runner up (joint): Manchester City Council
Runner up (joint): Lincolnshire County Council
Winner: Wokingham Borough Council
Anne-Marie Lansley, a Wokingham parent explains, “My daughter has autism and ADHD, without the support from the Bikeability instructors she would never have learnt to ride a bike. The instructors were patient, they supported her, gave her confidence and made it fun to learn to ride. We can’t believe how quickly she was able to ride independently within the lessons. My husband and I would never have been able to achieve the same results.”
Fay Knight, a Wokingham parent explains, “I just wanted to say again how brilliant this Bikeability Learn to Ride class was. Poppy (age 5) is now a fully-fledged cyclist! She has been out every day since and is loving it. Thanks to all the staff.”
4. School Teacher/Governor of the Year:
Winner: Gemma Downing, Ide Primary School, Devon
Jemma Webb, a parent and governor at Ide Primary School says, “All the children & staff love Gemma’s enthusiasm, encouraging the children to be active, especially cycling. She started in this small village school 2 years ago when they were lacking in activities for the children to become active. Gemma took up this challenge & has transformed the PE lessons, after school clubs, Bikeability & even helping other teachers to develop their PE activity with children.”
5. Trainee of the Year (Pete Rollings Award):
Runner Up: Aisha Jesani, London
Winner: Alazar Sahele, West Sussex
Ed Clark, West Sussex County Council says, “Alazar’s cycling achievements are credited to his and his family’s determination to look for solutions rather than barriers towards cycling. And this has led to a family with a newfound passion for cycling, with no doubt more successes to come.
Alazar’s passion for cycling now extends to his family and carers. Alazar’s parents have been at his side throughout his progression as a rider, and in order for them to keep up with him, it has required themselves too to develop as riders.
Finally Alazar can be considered a trail blazer – his friends from school and peers from the club see him as an example of what can be achieved with commitment and determination. “
The Trainee of the Year award was dedicated to Pete Rollings who played a major role in guiding Bikeability in its early years, helping it to become the success story it is today. His wife and daughter have attended the Awards each year to present the prize to the trainee winners.
6. Most Proactive Primary School
Runner Up: Shinfield St. Mary’s Cof E Junior School, Wokingham
Winner: Ashwood Park Primary School, Wordsley, Stourbridge
Jenny, from Ashwood Park School shows their enthusiasm for Bikeability Plus training, “Just a quick but very BIG thank you for organising the amazing balance bike sessions for Ashwood Park nursery. All 36 children had the most sensational time. They were given great supervision and encouragement by all the team. I have recommended you to St. Marks nursery, Pensnett and can’t wait to repeat it again in January next year! Thank you for organising such an important feature of a 3-4 year old’s skill set.”
Read about previous years’ results and the winners’ stories: