The wheels are in motion for Naas Cycling Club’s Tour de Foothills. Annual Cycle in association with Saplings School for Children with Autism and Special Needs, Kill, Co. Kildare.
Naas Cycling Club in association with Saplings School for Children with Autism and Special Needs, Kill recently launched the 2017 Tour de Foothills at the premises of NCC main sponsor, Finlay Ford, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas.

The 2017 Tour de Foothills will take place on Sunday 9th April and there here will be two routes, 65km around the Blessington Lakes and 110km around the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, so there is a route to suit all cycling levels and abilities.

Pre-register and pre-pay online at www. or sign up on the morning of the cycle at Finlay Ford, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas from 8am. Both 65km and 110km routes leave at 9:30am. Safety, medical, mechanical and broom wagon support vehicles, road markings and refreshments are all included.

Saplings Special School, Kill, is a co-educational, autism speci c special school, providing high quality education for pupils with autism and complex needs. The school offers a range of child- centred, autism speci c education which draws on a range of evidence based interventions. There are currently 24 students attending the school between the ages of 5 and 18. All students have a primary diagnosis of autism and a secondary diagnosis of a mild, moderate or severe/ profound learning disability. Some of the students also have another diagnosis such as epilepsy, ADHD, ADD etc.

NCC’s previous collaborations with Saplings has resulted in a new sensory room, adaptive climbing wall and specialist equipment being provided for the children’s use.

 This year all proceeds from the TdF will be used to go towards funding an onsite Speech and Language Therapist in the school for three days a week. It is through SLT that the children are given as many opportunities as possible throughout the school day to practice their communication skills and become the best communicator they can be!

So please take the opportunity on Sunday 9th April to get out on your bike, enjoy the cycle and help provide the children of Saplings with essential speech and language sessions which will ensure that their communication skills are developed in the most functional way possible.

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