Last year’s event raised nearly £40,000 for the sporting charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Bears Community Foundation and Bristol Flyers Community – with more than 250 cyclists taking part in another glorious event. 

Here, we put the spotlight on three key programme across the sporting charities.

Kick In2 Shape – Bristol City Community Trust

Kick In2 Shape combines educational, classroom-based activity – to discuss healthy lifestyles, diet and nutrition – with football sessions suitable to the needs of the group.

Participants are required to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 27 to access the programme, which is delivered
in some of the most inactive areas in Bristol.

The Community Trust currently runs two courses – at South Bristol Sports Centre (Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm) and at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre in Portishead (Friday, 2pm-4pm). 

Eagle Project – Bristol Bears Community Foundation

The multi award-winning Eagle Project is a rolling 12-14 week rugby programme aimed specifically at girls in Years 8, 9 and 10.

The project, which scooped the PLAY Award at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Awards in 2015 and 2016, aims not only to attract girls to the game, but also help to retain them in the sport as they progress through school and into adulthood.

To find out more, contact programme manager, Geraint Lewis (

Health Squad – Bristol Sport Foundation

Health Squad is a healthy lifestyle programme which aims to empower Year 5 students at primary schools across Greater Bristol with the knowledge and understanding to be able to make positive life choices.

Schools receive two hours of curriculum time delivery per week, for six weeks, in the form of one hour of classroom teaching and one hour of practical basketball. The programme covers issues such as: how to keep your heart healthy, balanced diets, sugar and where its hidden, smoking and alcohol, drugs, emotional wellbeing and the Chimp Paradox.

The practical section of the programme is coached by the Bristol Flyers players, who have been doing a fantastic job motivating and encouraging the pupils to learn and develop their ability to play basketball. Each week, the pupils learn a different skill, so that by the end of the six-week course, they are able to play a modified version of basketball.