This week is the 100th annual Bike Week, marking a century of celebrating everyday cycling for everyone. On 30 May 2023, to celebrate Bike Week, Birmingham Central Mosque hosted The Active Wellbeing Society to hold free cycling sessions for children living in deprived areas of the city. 

45 children took part and they’ve now been registered for a free cycle scheme. The children participating were from the Dream Chaser Youth Club (DCYC) - a Birmingham-based non-profit organisation for Somali children which organises sports activities as a way to escape youth crime and support sporting talent within the community.

DCYC’s founder Asha Rage (winner of the Pride of Birmingham 2023 award), is keen to raise awareness about the importance of physical activities, including cycling, for children living in deprived areas. The sessions have been facilitated by Birmingham City Council’s Public Health Division led by Dr Justin Varney as part of a Travel Smart initiative.