Heanor youngsters gear up for bike training

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Youngsters in Heanor are gearing up to learn maintenance skills after police have donated unclaimed stolen or recovered bikes.

The trial project, which has been set up by Blend Youth Project and the well-being team from Amber Valley Borough Council, will see two young people working on two bikes during sessions running until February half term.

They will repair and restore the bicycles with the help of mechanic Dave Howard, of Big on Bikes in Little Eaton, who will help teach the young people the relevant skills.

Bicycles that have been repaired will then be available for use by the Blend Youth Project and youngsters in the area.

Temporary sergeant Neil Hopwell, of the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’re very keen to support this scheme and hope it will have a positive impact on those taking part, helping them to learn useful skills on bike maintenance and also provide equipment for themselves and other youngsters to enjoy.”

If the project, which is funded by the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership, is successful it is hoped that more young people will be able to take part.

Ali Bagnall, Sport and Physical Activity Officer at Amber Valley Borough Council, said: “We are very thankful to the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team for their support in obtaining the bikes to deliver this project with Blend.

“This project offers young people the chance to learn useful skills from an experienced bike mechanic.

“It is something that we hope to replicate in the future so that more young people in Amber Valley can access the same opportunity.”

For more information about the project email Ali Bagnall on Alistair.bagnall@ambervalley.gov.uk. Or follow @Active_AV on Twitter.