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LinkLiving receives funding to help young people get on their bikes
LinkLiving has been presented with a cheque for £2000 to help start up a bike club for young people in Fife.
The funding from Bike Club will allow LinkLiving, part of the Link Group of charitable RSLs and social enterprises, to purchase bikes and helmets for the residents of West Bridge Mill, Kirkcaldy so they can encourage them to use local cycling routes and offer them opportunities to mountain bike. Bike Club is part of a wider project to encourage young people to make healthier choices.
On Tuesday 15 May, a number of staff and service users went along to the Halfords Tour Series in Kirkcaldy. Bike Club Officer, Amy Hickman organised for the group to meet Team UK Youth who were participating in the event. Team UK Youth was founded by UK Youth’s president and ex Formula 1 racing car driver Nigel Mansel.
As Team UK Youth officially ‘signed’ on for the race, the staff and service users were invited up onto the podium alongside the racers to be presented with a cheque for £2000 on behalf of the Bike Club and the ASDA foundation to start up the bike club.
Team UK Youth, Team Manager Dave Povall said:
“Cycling is a great way to engage with young people and provides them with opportunities to get fit and stay active. The young we have met today are very fortunate to be involved in Bike Club and perhaps we may see them one day as cycling stars of the future.”
Martyn Reidie, LinkLiving Support Worker added :
“We are really pleased to receive this funding from Bike Club and the ASDA Foundation. We hope that many of the residents at West Bridge Mill use this opportunity to learn new skills as well as getting active. The team is looking for donations of tools, spare tyres, old bikes or equipment. If you have anything you could donate please call 01592 644048.”
The young people who take part in the bike club will not only increase their physical activity but will learn a number of skills to do with cycling and repairs. Those that take part also learn how to work in a team in turn increasing their confidence and improving their self esteem. They will be able to use cycling as a means of transport and by having a good awareness of local routes it will make it easier to attend appointments therefore improving their employability as they won’t have to rely on public transport.