Get Out Get Active Grant
The RATS Cycling Club has been awarded funding of $38,240 in Round 3 of the Get Out Get Active program funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. Round 3 of GOGA was open to non-profit organizations as well as local councils and focused on encouraging inactive women and girls to take up regular sporting activity as part of the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.
The proposal put forward by the RATS encompasses low-cost introductory mountain biking skills sessions (2 x 2 h) for up to 100 women and girls, with bikes and helmets made available for those who do not own them. Participation in the skills course entitles participants to 12 months membership of the RATS, allowing them to participate in a weekly women’s social ride (HerTurn) organized by the club. The guided social rides are intended to provide a gradual introduction to the trails network in Brisbane, beginning with fire roads and easy single track at Daisy Hill and progressing to trails at Redlands Track Park and Bayview Conservation Area. A shuttle-type trailer will also be purchased, and the bikes and helmets purchased with the grant funding will be available for hire at RATS events.