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Tasburgh villagers given ticket to ride

A South Norfolk village has seen its cycling club get bigger and better after securing funding from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 12 March 2020 12:00 AM


The power company, which delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and the South East, has given the Tas Velo cycling club in Tasburgh a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award scheme. 


Employee Darren Styles, who works as a field engineer, has used the money to buy a club kit for the group who have expanded rapidly in recent months.


During the past two years Tas Velo, named after the nearby River Tas, has taken part in a number of charity rides as well as competing in cross country mountain bike events.


Darren said: “What started out as a group of four friends has now grown into a fully-fledged club and seen interest from people both within and outside the village.


“On the back of the recent boom in cycling across the UK, being able to form our own club in Tasburgh has been a massive step forward.


“We now offer assistance and advice to people within our village to take up cycling, and also teach them the art of fixing simple jobs on their own bikes which would have previously cost them hard earned cash.


“This funding from UK Power Networks has gone towards producing our own club kit for rides, which has been produced for us by a local company.” 


The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.


Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.