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Crawley kids pedal their way to top spots

A total of 7,066 bike or scooter journeys were recorded by school children, parents or teachers in Crawley during the Big Pedal 2018.



The Sustrans Big Pedal has come to an end this year with a staggering amount of local children having used their bikes and scooters for trips to school.

Nationally 1,608 schools registered and 513,443 pupils took part, resulting in a total of 989,414 recorded journeys.

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In Crawley a total of 7,066 bike or scooter journeys were recorded by school children, parents or teachers during the Big Pedal 2018.

The winning school in Crawley this year was Waterfield Primary, with more than 57 per cent of pupils cycling or scooting into school over the course of the Big Pedal. They have been historically consistent and attained 22nd position nationally. For their efforts they received a £400 voucher from Decathlon Sports.

Forge Wood Primary School were awarded second place and a £300 Decathlon voucher for pulling out all the stops with events like their “Bike It Breakfast”, that encouraged more than 78 per cent of pupils to cycle or scoot to school. For this they attained 14th position in the “Small Primary Schools” category nationally.

Langley Green Primary came in third place, winning a £200 Decathlon voucher after undertaking 1,277 journeys by bike or scooter over the two week period!

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Hats off to everyone who took part in the Big Pedal this year. I hope that the legacy lives on in your school and that you continue to see loads of bicycles and scooters at your school. Remember to keep pedalling and scooting!”

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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.



Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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