We are “The Heaton Goonies” The ONLY KIDS cycling group/club in the East End of Newcastle, For local kids in our community..
We have Goonies from the estates in Heaton, Byker wall, High Heaton areas..
We have around 50+ Goonies in the group as it stands but could have massive number of members as requests come left, Right & centre..
I run rides out- Full Day trips, Half day, Early evening and even Midnight runs ..(Which are the most popular tbh, Torches and head torches out the Goonies love them ) around the north east (Daily when the schools on hols) We also do none cycling activitys when possible, Swimming, Days out at the beach, Climbing centres, Cookery lessons ( When available) Scooter days at skate parks, Museums.. Anything and Everything tbh..
The group will still be running were the Goonies will have the choice to participate in only 2-3 early evening trips during the School week..
Then the weekend we can do full days and Midnight runs..
Our group has proved very beneficial to all the Goonies using it..
Them being outside riding there bikes is alot Healthier than being in there rooms on xbox (Or what ever Lol) with all the benefits of exercising and Keeping fit ect..There for getting healthier..
Even the socialising aspect is beneficial to the Goonies in the group as its face2face socialising not online..
The bond between the Goonies that use the group has grew massively and the friendships made will last a life time..
The feed back i am getting from parents, Granparents, Doctors, Teachers, The police force, Every 1..It has been really overwhelming tbh..
We have a group page on facebook “The Heaton Goonies cycling group” with 1600+ members which is still growing with different people asking mutible times a day, How can they and there kids join the Heaton Goonies..
Get Yourself added to the group page to see what we have been up to..
Health & Safety
I Personally run a very tight ship with the safety side of things and a lot of backround work goes into the running of the groups (Safely) ie; Risk assessments for every destination on our books with high lighted safest route (Not always the quickest but its the safest) and any risks we may face on route (ie; A busy rd with out traffic lights ect)
All risks we face on route which ever destination it may be (As we have a couple dozen on the books that the kids can choose from) Are discust in the safety breifing we have b4 each ride out we do..
I personally Ensure that the bikes of every Goonie that uses the group, Is fully working and safe to ride on the streets and cycle paths of newcastle.. (As i have a good knowledge on bicycle repair and maintenence)
We also wear high vis vests & helmets whilst out n about wether it be day or night as a safety precaution and it helps me know whos with our group whilst out at parks ect..
My bag gets bigger and heavier with every trip, As i learn to prepare for all eventualitys..
Some of the things It consists of;
Spare bike parts ie, Innertubes ect.. (At least 1 tube for each Goonie out on trips for all different size bikes for up to 20-25 kids on occations) Thats just the tubes…
Multible Tools incase of any emergancy repairs are needed whilst out..
I personally take PLENTY fluids and healthy snacks (And chocolate of course) for all the Goonies to keep them fueled and full of energy..
I do ask the Goonies to take a packed lunch and plenty fluids on our longer trips/Full day trips out..
But like most kids, They have ate and drank all there supplys b4 lunch time.. lol..
All kids that join the Heaton Goonies cycling group must have there parents/ Legal Guardian fill in a form of consent with the usual ; Name, Address, Age, contact details etc..
Obviously any Medical conditions stated ie; Asthma, A.D.H.D any Allergies ect..
With a different Emergency contact..(Not same as original contact)
Also a liability form to be signed by both parent & new Goonies
Every Goonie in our group must also first; Read, Understand, Follow and sign the Groups rules form.. (of which 9 out of 10 of the rules are to just follow our safety procedures (ie; Wear high vis vest, Helmets, Lights on bikes etc..) and Instruction/guidence whilst on Streets/Cycle ways when out..) and to Respect there fellow Goonies and there personal property(Bikes,bags ect..
First aid kit, Inhaler and spacer, Ponchos (Incase of being caught out by the weather) Torches for every goonie out on trip.. (Extra Torches incase of any accidental damage) Spare Batterys incase they run out..
Thats just some of the items we have to have in our kit for the group to run safely and to be prepaired for anything as the Goonies can be very unpredictable..lol
I also ensure every Goonie must have lights on there bikes.. (wether its dusk/early evening and obviously the late evening/midnight runs) With spare batterys again incase they run out..
I make sure ALL Goonies are fully visible to every one on the Rds/streets/cycle paths..
The group is growing ever more popular everyday single day and as it does more people want there kids involved.. Sign up now.
Every 1 wants to be a Goonie..Lol.