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Youngsters gear up to learn

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Tuesday July 21 2015


Young cyclists from Whitehaven Harbour Youth Club are to get the skills they need to fix their bikes when enjoying the local routes. 


The training is part of the Whitehaven Lengthsman scheme, funded by Copeland Community Fund and Copeland Borough Council.


The session, on July 24 near Keswick, will show cyclists what to do if they have a problem with their bike while they are out on the roads.


The young people taking part are also part of a regular bike club within the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Club.


Nik Smith, a senior youth worker at the youth club, said: “Staff and young people are really pleased to do a joint venture with the council in this way, and for them to support the cycling opportunities we offer young people. The cycle maintenance course is such an important skill, and really goes with our ethos of starting them off, holding their hand and watching young people grow and become confident, skilled cyclists."


He added: “Biking is a great activity to take part in, especially around the west of Cumbria where there are so many different routes to take advantage of, on and around the coast. Not only is cycling a great way of reducing the carbon footprint and helping to maintain our local environment, but it is an excellent way of keeping fit and healthy.”


Participants will also receive a map of local cycle routes.


Giving communities new skills is an important part of the lengthsman scheme. This particular activity teaches people to maintain their bikes independently, respect the local environment and be physically active. 


The workshop is free but open only to young people who are part of the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Club.  Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis.


For more information, contact Copeland Council community regeneration officer Sarah Moss-Luffrum on 01946 598398 or email





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