Girls' Bike Club
Beginning this Spring, Àban will be running a new Girls' Bike Club, where two female leaders will take a group of girls on weekly local bike rides. Àban can provide bikes to those who may not have one of their own, as well as providing all other equipment needed.
What's It All About?
You are in control of your bike club experience! We encourage you to take charge by telling us what you hope to get from the club. Our Girls' Bike Club aims to inspire local girls to get on their bikes and explore the outdoors on their doorstep. This programme is an 8 week pilot, finishing with an exciting bike-packing expedition in the Cairngorms. We aim to continue the bike club after the expedition with many more rides, cycling film nights, and expeditions to follow.
What Will You Learn?
Along the way we teach basic bike maintenance skills, helping to keep things working as they should, as well as making sure everybody knows how to make their own repairs when venturing off on their own. You will also learn basic navigation skills, how to set up an overnight camp, and how to look after yourself outdoors. Most importantly however, we want everyone involved to just have fun, make new friends who love bikes and the outdoors, explore local outdoor places by bike, and help grow confidence.
What's the Age Range?
This club is aimed at girls aged 12-18. Don't have a bike of your own? No problem. We can provide you with bikes for the weekly session, as well as mountain bikes and bike packing equipment for the Cairngorms expedition. We don't want anyone to miss out just because you don't have your own stuff.
How do I Get Involved?
All welcome to come along for our first ride on Thursday 4th May at 4pm. We're at Merkinch Welfare Hall on Grant Street, above Inverness Boxing Club. Parents please contact the office in advance to sign parental consent forms. Give us a call on 01463 718989 or email email@example.com.
With Thanks To
This club is free-of-charge! A big thank you to the organisations that have made this project possible:
"The Essentia Foundation is an independent grant giving charity in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate society where everyone is valued and can be successful. The Foundation fulfils this by awarding non-refundable grants to applicant organisations which are active in the areas that match its charitable objectives."
"We aim to inspire communities and visitors to support the landscapes, wildlife, local culture and economic health and to encourage sustainable and community led local development within the Cairngorms National Park." Cairngorms Trust.
Women’s Fund for Scotland
"The Women’s Fund for Scotland was established in 2002. We play a critical role in supporting the sector by influencing change and raising and distributing funds throughout Scotland. Our funding focuses on women and girl’s needs identified by grassroots organisations that other funders simply cannot reach."