Students from Glasgow Kelvin College’s NC Employability programme have joined forces with local organisations, The Bike Station and Glasgow Life to help them complete their Health & Wellbeing units.
Under the brand, GK Velocity, the students have designed their own logo for their track suit tops and have been learning bike maintenance and cycling skills. The name Velo-city is a small play on word using the French for bicycle – vélo, and Velo-city can also be read as velocity or speed which is certainly appropriate for the students involved in this unique programme.
The groups are currently working towards a number of SQA Units including their Cycling Award, Cycling Safely Unit and Cycle Safety Maintenance Unit. All of the skills acquired throughout the course will be put to the test during an end of year journey from Glasgow to Lochwinnoch on 26th May where students will be responsible for planning routes, developing strategies for health and nutrition and of course enjoying the health related benefits of ‘getting on their bikes’!
This innovative project is also helping to develop their creative side as they’ve been making sculptures from old bike parts, producing some amazing results. Key to the programme is the confidence, communication and team-building which has developed and the students are going on from strength to strength.
Thanks to the project partners, The Glasgow Bike Station, Freewheel North, CKUK, Glasgow Life and College staff for their unstinting support of this group of learners.