Tour de Foothills

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Tour de Foothills

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Hi all,

We just received an email about this cycle next weekend which might be of interest to some...

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 2018 Tour de Foothills at the premises of NCC main sponsor, Finlay Motor Group, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas.

The 2018 Tour de Foothills will take place on Sunday 15th 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 Motor Group, 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 specific special school, providing high quality education for pupils with autism and complex needs. The school offers a range of childcentred, autism specific 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.

Saplings Special School for Children with Autism and Complex Needs is hope to purchase a top of the range 75 inch touch screen interactive whiteboard. It has an electronic height adjustable stand so can be used with the smallest four year olds and also our older classes. Additionally Saplings hope to procure 7 iPads for the classrooms and also a top quality digital camera and a printer/ scanner so that the children can complete project work and display it for staff, their peers and their parents on the screen. Investing in this type of technology would be hugely beneficial to the school.

So please take the opportunity on Sunday 15th 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.

Further information at: Web:

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We would appreciate it if you would share the Naas Cycling Club Tour De Foothills event with your club members.

Best Regards

Máire Finnerty
Club Secretary
Naas Cycling Club
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