Aim To provide a facility where underprivileged child and young people can learn and develop off road mountain bike skills, learn road safety and significantly challenge the health and obesity issues faced by our communities. Also to provide training and employment and a practice space for our inner city race team.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1101078)
There are large areas of waste land underneath the motorways in the West Midlands. An area such as this is near to Star City in the district of Nechells, a high unemployment area especially for the youth. This area could be put to a good use as a bike park and would encourage children and young people to spend their time in an exciting, active and relatively cheap way. The idea is to buy or rent the land from the council and build a suitable course which gives varying levels of difficulty. Participants would be allowed to use their own bikes, following safety checks and basic maintenance that we will teach each person using the course, but it would be an essential part of inclusion to provide rental bikes for those who were unable to afford their own. The park would need to be manned to ensure safe use of the facilities and trained staff to teach the necessary skills in riding. There would need to be a secure place to keep the bikes, a workshop/shop, a small caf√© and toilets. This would provide at least 4 posts for unemployed youngsters to learn how to be supervisors and also learn how to service and maintain the bikes. The project costs would therefore need to include rental/purchase, materials and construction, bicycles, salary and training costs for 4 trainees for 3 years and general running costs.
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