John Blackman


Dallaglio Cycle Slam
Dallaglio RugbyWorks delivers an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained Education, Enjoyment or Training.
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John Blackman's 2016 Cycle Slam

John Blackman

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I have signed up for the Dallaglio Cycle Slam 2016 and am cycling 519km around Mallorca with 7262m of climbing in the 3rd week of June.

As well as raising money for the foundation by riding in two previous "slams" I have been working with the Dallaglio team for the last year.  The work that they do and the dedication that they and the coaches show is second to none and I am proud to be riding for them again.

The Dallaglio Cycle Slam 2016 is raising money for a project that Lawrence Dallaglio set up through the Dallaglio Foundation over a year ago called RugbyWorks

RugbyWorks uses rugby to transform the aspirations of disengaged young people: 14 to 16 year olds at increased risk of long-term unemployment, criminality and imprisonment. They aim to make a profound impact on the marginalised lives of those excluded from mainstream education – increasing self-worth, improving life skills and boosting employability.

Working in Pupil Referral Units, they give young people the practical support, experience and ability that helps them believe and invest in the possibility of a better future. Often for the very first time.

They don’t expect that to happen overnight. Which is why it’s important they’re central to each school’s curriculum – so they can build long-term relationships. A small group of just 10 young people per school get to know their coaches over 30 weeks per year, for two years.  They currently do this in London, Newcastle, Bristol and the Rhondda Valley.

Why do they do this? Because they know there are a huge range of factors leading to students being excluded from mainstream education. And, whatever that reason, they don’t believe that should signal exclusion from mainstream society too.

Although cycling around 100km a day for 5 days will be a challenge, it is not nearly as tough as some of the challenges their young people face on a daily basis, which is why I am determined to raise £3,000 from this event.

Please donate generously so I can make a positive change to more young people's lives.

Many thanks for your support.

Recent donors

26.07.16 Better late than never! Good job JB. Speak soon.


10.06.16 Good luck - get the wind behind you but wear proper knickers this time.....

09.06.16 Terrific effort Blackers. Go for it.

08.06.16 Make sure you get to the top first :-)

07.06.16 Well done Blackers xx

07.06.16 Super ! On est fier de toi

01.06.16 Good luck Blackers We will be with you in spirit!!!

22.05.16 Enjoy and all the best, Simon & Denise

19.05.16 Good Luck. All the Best Andy Bell and Fergus Lyons

17.05.16 Well done. John+June Vyver

13.05.16 Have a great day

13.05.16 In order to finish in style, we recommend a pit stop at The Residencia.

13.05.16 Good luck Blackers!

13.05.16 Awesome John, good luck and well done.


13.05.16 I'm sure it'll be an amazing week - wave to team Sky as you glide straight past them!

13.05.16 Enjoy Sa Calobra's amazing views!

12.05.16 All the best, Blackers. I hope the training regime will not become more important to you than our Book Club.

12.05.16 Good cycling!

12.05.16 Beautiful views so don't forget to look up, left knee... right knee.... look up!


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