£10k awarded to action team for cycling club

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 September 2013

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A WORLE community group has been awarded almost £10,000 to support a children's cycling club.

North Worle Local Action Team, which is based in Castle Batch, was handed £9,976 by Awards For All, part of the Big Lottery Fund.

The team was granted a play pod in Castle Batch by North Somerset Council, which was previously used for children’s activities.

But when funding ran out, LAT chairman Peter Hardaway decided to apply for national grants to keep the scheme running.

Sessions at the cycling club include teaching youngsters about bike maintenance.

The team will also work with Avon and Somerset police to rebuild bikes and also support victims of bike crime.

Mr Hardaway said: “We have been given 12 months of funding. These things are always about perseverance.

“You can easily be put off with the number of forms and adjustments you sometimes have to make but you have to stick with it and hope you get the money.

“The money is there so why not take advantage.”

The money will be used to buy materials, pay people to facilitate sessions and offer training to community volunteers to keep the project alive in the future.

Mr Hardaway added: “It’s brilliant that we were able to get the funding to support the activities. There is a BMX track there too and the cycling group sits very nicely alongside that.

“The cycling club shows children how to maintain their bikes and how to look after them.

“It is well used and has been really successful. And we have the chance to keep it going for another year.”

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