Women cyclists on a Tower Hamlets Cycling Club ride

Hi, my name is Hafsa and I’m 15 years old.  This year I’m working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

By doing my D of E, I have the chance to learn many new skills, get fitter, plus have adventures and fun with my friends as I take part in a range of activities which lead to the achievement of an Award that’s recognised by unis and employers alike.

You achieve your Bronze Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  So far for the Award we have done a lot of climbing, the best being in Sandstone, Kent, where we practice our indoor climbing skills on the real thing!

As the weather gets warmer, we’ll be doing a lot of kayaking, with some long day trips as well.  In May we’re going on a residential which involves map reading our way to the camp, setting up tents and cooking for ourselves.  All independently of our Leaders.

For part of the Award I have to do three months of Volunteering.  As my parents run Tower Hamlets Cycling Club, I volunteer there at the Womens and Girls Rides held every Saturday.

This means that I help the riders to check their bikes before we set off (brakes, gears, tyres, chain, saddle height, etc).   While we’re riding I stay at the back so I can keep an eye on everyone and make sure no-one has any problems.  If someone falls off, I can give them First Aid and hep to fix their bike.

Mostly, it’s just putting chains back on when riders forget how to use the gears properly and the chain comes off.  When we get back, I help my Dad check over the Club bikes and put them back in the container to be ready for the following week.

I really like volunteering in the Club as I get to see my friends and exercise at the same time!

Hafsa Djelloul

To find our more about Tower Hamlets Cycling Club Womens and Girls rides contact Janice Djelloul at Towerhamletscyclingclub@yahoo.co.uk or on 07423 069863.