Taking on an adventure like Big Bike Challenge is not for the faint-hearted. Just ask Jack Edwards and Tom Rose from Southampton Football Club's Marketing department.
This year, they are riding from Huddersfield Town to St Mary’s over the course of three days. The 260 miles will be tough, so they wanted to find some inspiration from our projects and gain a better understanding of the great work the Saints Foundation do in our community.
Over the course of two days, they visited Cedar School, where our SaintsAbility team work to provide a safe environment for Special Educational Needs (SEN) children to learn, move and develop. Next up was a trip to Places Leisure Eastleigh to visit our Saints4All open session, which works to engage adults with disabilities within the community. They got involved with drills and a game of football, gaining a real sense of perspective from the two sessions.
They also visited a Generation Gains project at Merryoak Community Centre, where our Health and Wellbeing team provide an hour of physical exercise and social inclusion to people over the age of 65. Led by Paul Hedges, who is also taking on the Big Bike Challenge for another year, the pair were certainly put through their paces.
With the great work of Saints Foundation at the forefront of their minds, Jack and Tom have just over two months to get ready for the ride.
If you want to show your support to all of the riders taking part in the Big Bike Challenge you can donate by visiting the group JustGiving page.
If you fancy taking on the challenge email Lydia Clark at [email protected], you have until the 6th March to sign up!