#BecauseICan free school workshops

with Vanessa Ruck aka The Girl On A Bike

School children are being inspired and encouraged to take a Because I Can attitude with free workshops. The movement is all about giving kids the right tools to take on life, despite the setbacks and uncertainties, such as covid-19. The initiative has come about as a vehicle to motivate kids to go beyond their comfort zone and demonstrate anyone can achieve great things with the right mindset and the appropriate training.

I believe that it’s about realising that wanting to quit is normal, that anxiety and stress can be overcome and that with the right mindset and strategies anything is possible. Born from real life experiences, their workshops bring highly relatable lessons and tools to help better equip youths, and adults alike, for the battles and challenges of life.

At a time when the world is full of doom and gloom, particularly for the ‘lost generation’ of school students interrupted by covid, I want to deliver a real drive and inspiration. Bringing real life challenges, battles and big goals to youth in the hope that it will encourage the future generation to get up and take life by the hands and focus on what they can do.

Organised by me Vanessa Ruck and team mate Tim Bradshaw, I attend schools to deliver free workshops on finding ways to make things work, dealing with the lows and the set backs, whilst moving steadily towards the objective. 

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Longdean School assembly

Vanessa brings fresh perspective to a diverse range of kids from age 13 up to 17. 

“The energy Vanessa and Tim brought to the school was fantastic. Not only are their stories inspirational but they actually deliver actionable tools the kids can relate too.” 

Ben Cordy, Leeds Faith In Schools

The workshops deliver practical advice and focus on: 

  • Learning to accept your situation and love yourself
  • Importance of talking about mental health
  • Working on outcomes, not the process, with goal setting to keep you focused and motivated 
  • The importance of understanding the facts in the situation and pushing aside the ‘noise’ when anxiety hits 
  • Remembering that wanting to quit is normal – but what makes you extraordinary is not quitting 
  • That FEAR is just False-Expectations-Appearing-Real 
  • Dealing with pressure
  • Importance and benefit of gratitude
  • Being part of the solution 

By the end, the children are challenged to come up with their own #BecauseICan challenge. 

What is on offer?

The free workshops that can take a very flexible form:

  • large assembly presentations with audience engagement
  • Smaller more intimate round table sessions
  • Group coaching sessions
  • Interactive mini workshops
  • Evening parent sessions

Really the options are open so please do get in touch and we can discuss the best plan for your school.

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Intimate coaching workshops

How it works:

  1. Contact Vanessa Ruck
  2. Discuss your school’s needs, programmes and how best to fit the workshops into your programmes
  3. Book a date and ideally organise multiple sessions across the day /days to get the largest impact for travel
  4. Vanessa will come and deliver for FREE

What is the cost? – FREE!

Nothing. There is no cost to the schools. I’ve been on a mission since my accident to help others with life’s battles. If I can help just one kid each time I share my story it somehow makes everything I’ve been through so much more worthwhile. The workshops do cost me money, I give up my time and cover my own hotel, fuel and food expense, but I am happy choosing to do that. I want to share my experiences.

How can you help?

– Schools message me to book your free speaking event
– Brands reach out to support the big picture and schools programme
– Individuals please share this far and wide

I offer youngsters a new perspective on life’s outcomes and highlight an approach to reaching life’s goals. Be part of the solution!

About Vanessa Ruck

As a motorcycle rider and racer, Vanessa speaks passionately and authentically about the challenges of recovery from a life changing accident and making the most of every day. After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, Vanessa’s world was turned upside down, resulting in 7 surgeries and a roller-coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning 7 years. Through her recovery she discovered motorcycles, becoming known as “The Girl On A Bike”.  

‘Motorcycles, something I started post-accident, have become my love and passion. If you’d asked me 7 years ago whether I would be racing off-road motorcycles I’d have probably choked on my drink! But life takes us on some amazing journeys.’ 

‘People can relate to my story because everyone goes through bad times. Hopefully I am inspiring others to show that if I can bounce back after 7 surgeries, others can get through their hard times.’ 

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Vanessa Ruck from accident to racer

Helping Inspire Others to Make the Most of Each Day

Combining her ten-year career in marketing and her resilience for life, Vanessa has built a following of over 240,000. She now inspires others to get up and tackle the battles life throws at us with gratitude and happiness. Instead of adding to the sometimes-toxic social media landscape filled with ‘all so perfect’ lives, she’s real and honest, sharing the highs and the lows. Showing the strength needed to come out stronger against life’s curve-balls.

Vanessa is on a mission to show that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough, even as a slightly reconstructed person following the accident. Vanessa has successfully leveraged the power of social media, passionate storytelling and marketing to share her story and inspire others. She empowers others with the lessons she has learned through her emotional, thought provoking and highly engaging story.

​If you can pull her away from her bikes, she will bring an incredible energy to your school for pure resilience, determination and inspiration.

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Vanessa speaks from the heart

What the audience can expect

An exciting story of sports and challenges from the point of view of Vanessa, who as a fit and active individual with many passions was struck down by an easily avoidable accident and went on to find new ways of slaking her thirst for adventure by becoming “The Girl on a Bike”.

Presentation Approach

Vanessa speaks from the heart, and as such will take the group on a journey of emotions. They will feel they are with her through the adversity and adventure alike and will come away from the presentation with a renewed vigour and outlook.

For further information, including booking a school visit for your school, please get in touch 

You never grow in your comfort zone

The Girl On A Bike
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Finish line of the first hard enduro race

Hear what some of the schools have to say:

“Tim and Vanessa worked with 440 children in one afternoon across years 9, 10 and 11. Each session had clear messages linked to their personal experiences, but they also managed to carefully reflect the needs of each group to maximise possible impacts. Their ability to create links between their own seemingly untouchable achievements and the everyday mindset needed by us all, captured their audience’s attention.”

Matt Skinner – Personal Development and Wellbeing @CMCS

Want to donate and support more school free workshops?

I unfortunately do have somewhat limited resources so I am always welcome to sponsors supporting me. Please do get in touch to donate and help me fund more school visits.

BecauseICan team

My team mate, Tim Bradshaw, is a former intelligence officer and Everest mountaineer, and great lover of setting extraordinary goals. It is also possible to have us both join together. We’re working together to bring inspiration to as many youth and adults as possible.

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