BFCitC and LFC Foundation take on Ride for Freedom challenge!

BFCitC and LFC Foundation take on Ride for Freedom challenge!

On Wednesday 6th April, staff members from Burnley FC in the Community and Liverpool FC Foundation joined together for a Ride for Freedom cycle challenge.

To mark the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the group, led by Gordon Miller, Ride For Freedom Founder, Team Leader and 2x cycling Guinness World Records Title Holder, cycled 62 miles between Turf Moor and Anfield – the home grounds of Burnley Football Club and Liverpool Football Club.

Taking part were Miller, Matt Parish, CEO of Liverpool FC Foundation, as well as colleagues from Liverpool FC Foundation, Burnley FC in the Community and cyclists who fundraised for Freewheel by Ride For Freedom. The Freewheel programme empowers survivors – women, children, and men – of modern slavery to cycle by giving them bikes, helmets, locks, lights and training.

Sponsors of the ride included bike-supplier Orbea and jersey-partner Presca.

Leaving Turf Moor at approximately 9am, the group set off on their journey to Liverpool, via Chorley, to raise funds and awareness, arriving at Anfield just after 3pm.

Harry Pate, Disability Sport Project Co-Ordinator at BFCitC, said: “It was great to be able to support Gordon and the team on the Ride for Freedom from Turf Moor to Anfield, a good day out for such a worthy cause despite challenging conditions, plenty of rain and wind along the way.

“I look forward to supporting Gordon more on his journey to raise awareness as he completes other rides around the country.”

Ride For Freedom’s mission is to harness the universal appeal of cycling to raise awareness, educate and forge partnerships to end modern slavery, and provide remedy to survivors. Ride For Freedom achieves its mission by creating and leading unique cycling challenges and events and by partnering with high impact sports clubs, companies and aligned charities.

It was the second occasion that Miller had cycled to Turf Moor and Anfield as part of a ride he undertook between all 20 Premier League clubs from 27 June-11 July 2021, during the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.

The cycle raised awareness of modern slavery and specifically child trafficking in sport that the Trafficking in Persons 2020 Report noted within Europe’s football industry alone, it is estimated there are 15,000 human trafficking victims each year.

Burnley FC in the Community were proud to be a part of Ride For Freedom.

To learn more and donate, please visit: Ride for Freedom – A movement that advocates to end modern slavery