School's bid to keep 'life skill' cycle scheme running

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 June 2013

Cycle Club members Harry, Angel, Alice and Kyron.

Cycle Club members Harry, Angel, Alice and Kyron.

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BIDS for thousands of pounds have been submitted to the Mercury's second Go Kids Go! scheme, as more groups grab for the chance to improve activities for Weston's youngsters.

The grant awards – which are run in partnership with Weston Lions – have seen schools and scout groups apply for a share of the £10,000.

This week the Mercury is turning the spotlight on another of this year’s applicants: Westhaven School.

The school in Ellesmere Road caters for pupils with specific learning needs, who cannot enjoy a mainstream education.

Westhaven currently runs a cycle scheme, which gives 82 students from year four to 11 the chance to learn to ride a bike, improve their skills and gain more confidence when riding on the roads.

The school has submitted an application for £2,000 to keep the club running, now that its finances will no longer cover the costs.

PE teacher Matt Vincent said: “It will help our school tremendously to get this funding.

“Due to budget cuts we are struggling to run some of our programmes and any extra funds will help all of our students with learning various skills – and cycling is one of them.”

The cycle club was set up three years ago and Matt said it is needed to ensure the safety of pupils when they are beyond the supervision of teachers or parents.

He said: “It’s a life skill they need and we want them to be safe.

“I think the children get a sense of achievement from something they could not do before, they get to work on individual skills and as part of a team and they get to have fun.”

Matt said the cash will pay for new bikes, servicing and maintaining the current ones, new bike courses and cycle trips to the BMX track in Worle and the Strawberry Line.

If you run a community group that encourages sport and fitness for young people, are based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25 and are a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a grant.

To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! visit www.westonmercury.co.uk to download an application form or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in at our office. The deadline for applications is July 1 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury.

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