CITY UNITED FOR SUMMER FUN-DRAISING CHALLENGE
The official charity of Leeds United has joined forces with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and CityConnect to launch a summer fundraising challenge at parks and venues across the city.
The ‘United Cycle Challenge’ takes place on Sunday 25th June with members of the public invited to hop onto their bikes in selected areas across Leeds before cycling to the finish line at Millennium Square
Over 300 participants are expected to take up the ‘funcycle’ which offers riders chosen start points of Elland Road, Middleton Park, Fearnville Leisure Centre, Golden Acre Park and Armley Park. Fundraisers will follow specially constructed route maps, cycle lanes and routes safely towards the city finish line.
Leeds United player, Stuart Dallas, commented:
“Cycling is really popular activity in the modern day whether it is around the garden, street, local park or more serious rides. The United Cycle Challenge is a great way for people to get their bikes out and raise much needed funds for The Leeds United Foundation so they can continue supporting the most vulnerable people in the city.
“I’d encourage as many people as possible to give it a go and show their support for a great charity and hugely worthy cause.”
The Leeds United Foundation are a registered charity and provide life changing opportunities for children, young people, adults, disabled and the elderly.
Event partners CityConnect, was devised by WYCA in partnership with Leeds City Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council to improve cycle facilities across West Yorkshire. Established in 2013, CityConnect delivers a series of campaigns and activities across the region to help people get back on their bikes or ride a bike for the first time.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chairman of WYCA Transport Committee, continued:
“We’re delighted to support the United Cycle Challenge to encourage more children and adults to get on their bikes this summer in such a fun and inclusive event. We’ve recently invested wisely in a large number of cycle infrastructure schemes in Leeds, the flagship route being the Cycle Superhighway which connects Leeds to Bradford passing through many communities along the way.”
“We need to focus on the bigger picture, that being that more people choosing cycling, walking or scooting as their natural mode of travel will reduce the dangerous emissions we’re currently experiencing in Leeds and improve physical and mental health. With high quality cycle infrastructure, encouragement from initiatives such as the United Cycle Challenge and support from CityConnect, we can create improved access to employment, education and leisure activities.”
“I’d like to encourage the people of Leeds to embrace this event, try something new and for those who are already keen cyclists, I hope they will encourage their friends and family to take part too.”
The Leeds United Foundation, General Manager, Simon Fox, concluded:
“Many fundraising challenges can be really tough and sometimes discourage people from taking part. We think it is important to offer one, which is fun, offers different levels of difficulty and allows people a chance to take part and ultimately feel like they are really contributing to their city. There are a number of fantastic cycle lanes in the city and we are in a position to make really good use of them.”
“We also have some exciting partners and participants involved in the event alongside CityConnect who will be revealed in due course and without doubt the hope is that it becomes an annual fixture in the city’s popular event calendar.”
Members of the public who wish to take part in the ride can contact The Leeds United Foundation via email@example.com or call 0113 367 6014 for more information or sign up for the challenge.
The first 100 registered entrants will each receive a ticket to a Leeds United home game for the new 2017/18 season.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (CA) is collaboration between the West Yorkshire authorities. It brings together the public sector in the form of the Leeds City Region districts, and the business sector through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It also incorporates the former Passenger Transport Executive (Metro).