LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife.
The funding will allow LinkLiving, part of the Link Group of charitable RSLs and social enterprises, to purchase key cycling equipment such as bikes and helmets to encourage the young people they work with to get involved in cycling activities.
LinkLiving has been awarded funding by Bike Club, a project designed to encourage young people to get involved in healthy activities by providing advice, support and grants for groups working with young people aged between 10 and 20. In Scotland, Bike Club is delivered by a partnership of CTC, Youth Scotland and ContinYou and is funded by the Asda Foundation.
On Tuesday 15 May, a number of staff and service users from LinkLiving visited Halford’s Tour Series in Kirkcaldy to officially receive their grant. Accompanied by Bike Club Officer Amy Hickman, and ASDA colleague Heather from the Kirkcaldy store, the group were presented with a cheque on behalf of Bike Club and the ASDA foundations. They also had the opportunity to meet Team UK Youth, a group of professional cyclists that has been founded by UK Youth’s president and ex Formula 1 racing car driver Nigel Mansell.
Cycling is a great way to engage with young people and provides them with opportunities to get fit and stay active. The young people we have met today are very fortunate to be involved in Bike Club and perhaps even could be the cycling stars of the future.”
Dave Povall, Team UK Youth, Team Manager
Martyn Reidie, LinkLiving Support Worker added:
“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.”
To find out more about Bike Club in Scotland, visit http://bikeclub.org.uk/blog/  or www.youthscotland.org.uk/BikeClub  or contact Amy Hickman, Bike Club Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org