Linvoy & Co get back on their bikes once more

Linvoy Primus, Mick Mellows, their sponsors and friends set off on 'Wave 1' of the groups of riders''' 'Picture: Malcolm Wells (132459-0620)
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HEADING off from Fratton Park, a team of cyclists will be riding around the south for charity.

Led by Pompey legend Linvoy Primus, the group will be cycling from Pompey’s home, to Dean Court, the stadium of AFC Bournemouth and then to the Camrose, Basingstoke Town’s ground, before the final leg back to Fratton Park.

The annual Pedal for Primus event raises money for different charities, including Faith & Football and this year’s ride will be helping to raise funds to purchase sets of reading books for our Extra Time Literacy Scheme.

The initiative helps underachieving readers improve their reading skills, develop confidence and learn valuable life lessons, which is all delivered by volunteer mentors for an academic year. Linvoy is doing the bike ride for the third year and was excited to get going.

He said: ‘I was really looking forward to setting off and completing my third year.

‘I enjoyed the ride last year and I like meeting new people who have been keen enough to join us and help our charity work.

‘It’s a bit of pain that it was raining but luckily it brightened up and at it didn’t stop us. It’s all about raising funds for the children of Portsmouth and the charity which does a great job.’

The ride is 150 miles and the team expect to return tomorrow.

This is the sixth year that Pedal for Primus has raised money for charities. The event is a part of Faith & Football, a charity that was set up in 2002 by Christian professional footballers Primus and Darren Moore.

Along with Mick Mellows, the charity director, they decided they wanted to serve their local communities by helping young people and their families.

Since then, Faith & Football has grown and now provides a range of community, educational and overseas programmes using football as a platform for relationship building.