Charity Spotlight: Nationwide Cycling Academy

Trade-In is back for 2018 and there are many good reasons why it’s our favourite campaign: It’s springtime and everyone is getting back into the spirit of cycling, customers can save on a shiny new bike while decluttering their sheds or garages at the same time, and, best of all, each and every donated bike serves a good cause! Proud to be working with 18 social enterprises across the UK, here we put the spotlight on our different partner charities throughout the campaign. First up, Manchester – based NCA…



Charity name

NCA (Nationwide Cycling Academy)





Established in..



Prime aim

To employ new recruits and volunteers from the local area and provide work, training and a sense of belonging to the local community.


Number of employees/volunteers



Number of bikes recycled/refurbished each year

We have supplied 162 recycled bikes to job seekers and apprentices as part of TfGM’s ‘Bike back to work’ scheme.

This is a way of enabling new apprentices to get to work as they commence their apprenticeship, and also provides a form of transport for job seekers to enable them to get to interviews or to get to work as they begin a new job.

Working in partnership with several Universities, we have been distributing trade in bikes to university students. 382 bikes were returned to use in 2017. They are used across the campus as a form of transport instead of using buses and trams, in order to travel to classes and tutorial groups.


Workshops/courses given

Bikeability, Learn2Ride, TfGM cycle maintenance, M.A.D. cycling for women.

Our Instructors have been visiting primary schools delivering Bikeability Learn to ride and balance bike sessions. We have utilised a fleet of Evans trade in children’s bikes, which has enabled us to offer lessons to children from Reception class through to Year 6.  Many of the 793 children we have engaged with would not have been able to participate without the additional provision of loan of a bike.

The variety of sizes and shapes has been really helpful in encouraging new riders, giving them confidence to progress onto the Bikeability on road training.

As we deliver our Bikeability Level one and two cycle training awards, children who are disadvantaged due to where they live or other social factors, are able to take part because we also have a fleet of larger sized children’s bikes. These are made up from the Evans Trade in bikes and form an important part of our kit. This means that the on road training is inclusive to all. 12 schools have loaned trade in bikes, each has up to 15 each.


How the Evans Cycles Trade-In campaign benefits NCA

The donated bikes as part of Trade-In help us to provide training for volunteers and enable us to refurbish bikes to give away to the community.

When we have any trade in bikes left over, and to ensure as many trade in bikes as possible are re-used, we have given away batches of up to 30 bikes to other local recycle charities. These include ‘Gearing Up’ in Wigan, ‘Cycle Recycle’ in Leeds, ‘Positive Steps’ in Oldham, ‘Petrus’ in Rochdale.

As we are based in a central location with lots of storage, it’s also been of huge benefit to other charitable groups who are not part of the Evans trade in scheme. Generally, this is because they don’t have a suitable vehicle or storage facilities themselves.


Future projects/ambitions

We hope to be able to regenerate the old buildings within Philips Park to use for cycle maintenance education and a larger bike workshop.


NCA portrait

>> To find out more head to the NCA website <<


>> To find out more about Trade-In head to the Evans Cycles website <<




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