Cash boost tipped to transform Wheelers

Members of Fareham Wheelers road racing contingent, including, from left: Rick Garman, Peter Day, Doug Tandy, Harvey Morcombe and Alex Collins, will feel the benefits of the extra funding. Picture: Rob Atkins
Members of Fareham Wheelers road racing contingent, including, from left: Rick Garman, Peter Day, Doug Tandy, Harvey Morcombe and Alex Collins, will feel the benefits of the extra funding. Picture: Rob Atkins
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  • All members set to benefit from extra finance
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Fareham Wheelers are determined to climb new heights after an exciting cash boost.

The club have been awarded almost £15,000 in additional funding to transform the opportunities of their members and help introduce more people to cycling.

These funds will provide a cascade effect of benefits throughout the club membership.

Roger de Vere

Sport England have granted them £9,969 and Fareham Borough Council have weighed in with £4,999.

The donations have added to the ongoing support of local businesses such as Lucketts Travel, Warner Goodman LLP, VRS Engineering, Southern Cycle Coaching, Solent Cycles and Jon Dale Associates.

And Roger de Vere insists every Wheeler will feel the benefits – from beginners to experienced racers, whether they are riding on the track or on the road.

The club’s secretary said: ‘We are very grateful to both Sport England, Fareham Borough Council and local businesses for their support.

‘We value their recognition of the outstanding achievements of the club.

‘These funds will provide a cascade effect of benefits throughout the club membership.

‘It will help the development of both the younger and older racers in the club.

‘Track cycling is ideal for kids because it is off-road.

‘It is good because it offers them somewhere safe to learn but it is not restricted to young riders.

‘We have found there is a great appetite for it among our adult members.

‘The money will help us buy more bikes, keep our current ones up to speed and invest in extra kit, such as disc wheels.

‘The investment will also see us develop our road-racing section and our team pursuit squad.

‘We are looking to even further support experienced racers within the club as well as encouraging members looking to take up racing for the first time.

‘We will now focus on developing strategies to bring riders from club level up to regional and hopefully national level.’

The cash boost is the result of the vision of head coach Dr Chester Hill and team manager Jon Dale, along with the hard work of the coaching team, de Vere, Wheelers chairman Alan Emmott and vice chairman Tim Warner.

The Fareham club boast more than 300 members – including around 40 women and 40 under the age of 18.

They tasted success at national level last season with Caitlin Peters, Harvey Morcombe, Henry Newbury and Brendan Drewett.

Now they are determined to build on their triumphs and inspire more people, particularly youngsters, to take up the sport.

And they will begin with a hat-trick of Go Ride events next month at South Downs College.

‘Youngsters will have the opportunity to give it a go, with specialist coaching and fun races,’ said secretary de Vere.

‘It is the perfect way into the sport of cycling.’

For more information on Fareham Wheelers, including how to join, visit fareham-wheelers.org