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The Countess of Wessex visits young people in Yorkshire

Published 26 September 2019

The Countess of Wessex visited Yorkshire to attend the UCI Road World Championship, and support the British Cycling Federation in her capacity as Patron.

Yorkshire Away Day

The Countess joined young people from Leeds Children’s Hospital taking part in a coached British Cycling ‘Go Ride’ session, tackling obstacles from ramps to see-saws. The Go Ride programme is a network of over 350 children’s cycling clubs across the country, helping thousands of young people enjoy the freedom of cycling and develop lifelong skills.

Yorkshire Away Day

The Countess watched The Men's junior event at The UCI Road World Championships. This is an exciting event, that sees the world's best cyclists compete in a series of one day races across Yorkshire.


Her Royal Highness also visited The Forest School, to see the impact of ‘We Can Dance’ charity.   The charity offers dance lessons and workshops to children and young people with a range of challenges in their lives, such as those living with learning difficulties.

Next, The Countess made a visit to Hensaws College ; a specialist college that offers further education for young adults aged 16-25 who are living with disabilities. The Countess saw some of the activities in which the students are involved at Henshaws College.

Yorkshire Away Day

Activities on offer at the college include art; food technology; hydrotherapy; physiotherapy and The Young Enterprise initiative, as well as the sensory room and gardens that help some of their autistic students.

Yorkshire Away Day

The countess's visit in Yorkshire reflected her strong, personal interest in promoting opportunities for young people. Read more about her work here