08 December 2021


A new partnership has kicked off on Tuesday evenings at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, Edlington, when the school opens its doors to a new dynamic partnership with EXPECT Youth, working with Club Doncaster Foundation, Yorkshire Bike Shack, and Pedal Ready. 

Children and young people aged 8 – 18, resident or at school in Edlington, are invited to bring along their bikes to the new Edlington Kicks Programme, starting on 30th November at the school.   They can have a go a trying their hand at fitting bike lights and bike maintenance alongside football, dance and cycling proficiency.

This exciting collaboration will be a pilot project, jointly funded by DMBC’s Public Health Covid Management Fund and Premier League Charitable Fund, that aims to raise the health and wellbeing of children and young people, aged from 8 to 18, in the Edlington area.  The project will run to the end of the academic year, including some activities during some of the school holidays.

Club Doncaster Foundation is currently delivering their successful Kicks programme in the school once a week. This second session will add a new kick to their game by introducing a range of sessions in cycle repair, provided by Yorkshire Bike Shack, and cycling proficiency from Pedal Ready.  The participants will be able to be part of creating the project by choosing other activities to try such as dancing, workshops on topics such as knife crime, anti-racism, mental health awareness, food and nutrition, mental health toolkits and much more. 

This project aims to encourage children and young people to be more active and learn new skills, including how to repair and maintain their own bikes, (or borrow one from the Yorkshire Bike Shack), and practice cycling proficiency to improve safety and enjoyment of the sport. 

Julian from Yorkshire Bike Shack explains “We find that the children enjoy hands-on work with the bikes, building in-depth useful skills that they will keep for years.” The sessions will include: wheel removal and replacement, puncture repairs, gear and brake adjustment, saddle and handlebar adjustment, regular cleaning and lubrication, plus more detailed work as the sessions develop.

EXPECT Youth has been instrumental in developing the project.  The charity works to increase the overall investment into children and youth provision, by designing partnership collaborations with the third sector and sourcing funding for the purpose of providing good quality, universal community-based provision. 

The Vision of EXPECT Youth is to work with the voluntary, community and faith sector to inspire young people to enjoy being involved in their communities and reach their full potential. 

Mrs Bootman, head teacher at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy is supportive of the programme, suggesting “This is a great opportunity to collaborate and provide a range of fun activities to develop skills and fitness for the young people of Edlington.”

The Edlington Kicks Programme is in the school each Tuesday, when children and young people from the village, including primary aged children, are encouraged to get involved.  To book a place contact  or message via the facebook page @DoncasterKicks