Almost 200 students from schools in London and the East of England kicked off their PruGoals journey at the Olympic velodrome in Stratford last week.
PruGoals is a partnership between Teach First and Prudential that will see 260 pupils from low-income backgrounds take part in the 46 or 100 mile Prudential RideLondon event in July 2017. The programme aims to empower young people to drive their ambitions and fulfil their potential, regardless of their social or economic background.
Building on a pilot project last year where 18 students from Teach First partner schools in London took part in the race, the programme is now nationwide and provides a chance for young people to boost their wellbeing and employability skills with the ultimate goal of Prudential RideLondon in their sights.
All the young people who are taking part will be given bikes, equipment, training and nutrition advice, as well as employability sessions on how to communicate what they have learnt on the programme in CVs and university applications.
As well as taking their first spin on new road bikes, the students at the London launch heard inspiring words from Nicola Adams OBE who will be joining them on the 46 mile challenge in July.
Christopher Paraskeva, a student from The Forest Academy in Ilford said on the day “I really enjoy cycling and it will be a great accomplishment for me to cross the finish line. My goals are to stay fit throughout my training and complete the ride on the day in the best possible time.”