HALFORDS LAUNCHES INDUSTRY-FIRST BIKE RECYCLING FOR UK SCHOOLS

New scheme supported by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg

Halfords today announces a new scheme which will recondition and donate bikes and helmets to primary school children in disadvantaged areas across the country, with the first 10 bikes presented to pupils at Oasis Academy Long Cross, Bristol. The announcement was made at a cycling summit attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and key cycling stakeholders.

The bikes will come from Halfords’ national trade-in events the company regularly holds with customers who donate unwanted bikes. Each bike will be reconditioned through a rehabilitation programme Halfords runs with Onley prison, which trains offenders in bike mechanic skills, giving them future employment opportunities and aiding personal development.

In its first year, the new scheme will donate around 500 children’s bikes and new bike helmets to schools in the eight cycling cities of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich. Schools are invited to apply at www.halfordscompany.com/responsibility/community.

Halfords’ CEO Matt Davies says: “We know there are thousands of children across the UK who unfortunately don’t have access to a bike. By reconditioning and donating these bikes to schools across the country, we are helping hundreds more children to develop confidence, independence and a life-long love of cycling.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg says:

“The Tour de France in Yorkshire and the 2012 Olympics were such great adverts for British cycling, capturing the nation’s imagination and inspiring a new generation of cyclists. I’m committed to making that a lasting legacy. I have pushed to make cycling safer and more accessible. So I’m delighted that this scheme by Halfords is giving children, irrespective of their backgrounds, the chance to get on their bikes and help Britain become a leading cycling nation.”

Halfords already runs a free Kids’ Holiday Bike Workshop at its stores offering children the chance to learn basic bike maintenance and safety skills. So far, 48,000 children aged between 7 and 11 and their parents have attended the workshops. In schools, Halfords offers term-time Gear Up! workshops and 12,000 children have completed this scheme which teaches safety and bike maintenance skills to children in the final year of primary school. Over 7,500 cubs have also attended free bike workshops towards their Cyclist Activity Badge too.

Through national trade-in events Halfords has donated 10,000 adult bikes to the charity Re-Cycle, which sends unwanted bikes to people in need in Africa and teaches the skills needed for repair and maintenance for a sustainable solution. This new schools donation programme is the next step in Halfords’ community strategy.

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For further information please contact Halfords@z-pr.com or 020 7896 3404

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The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products and through Halfords Autocentres also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator. Halfords customers shop at over 460 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.

The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars:

·       Supporting Drivers Of Every Car

·       Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age

·       Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time

Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 10,000 product lines in stores, increasing to around 30,000 lines online. The product offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include Apollo and Carrera cycles, augmented by exclusive UK distribution rights for the premium-ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Gelert and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles.

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Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at 465 stores in the UK and ROI and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars: · Supporting Drivers Of Every Car · Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age · Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time The Getting Into Gear strategy for the Retail business is based on executing in five key areas in order to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience: · Service Revolution · The H Factor · Stores Fit to Shop · 21st Century Infrastructure · Click with the Digital Future Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 9,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 160,000 Retail products online. The Retail offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling products, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes and camping equipment. Halfords’ own cycling brands include Apollo, Carrera and Boardman cycles, augmented by a range of other brands of cycles and accessories, including Kona, Mongoose, Raleigh and Pinarello. In Auto, the Halfords Essentials and Halfords Enhanced ranges are sold alongside brands such as Generic Electric, Bosch, Garmin and TomTom. The Retail Auto offering was recently augmented by the introduction of Car Parts Direct, a service delivering rapid customer access to around 130,000 car parts. In Travel Solutions, Halfords sells a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Vango and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a service for cycles.

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