Young people wanting to take their bike skills to the next level can join a special training course in Chippenham this February.
The mountain bike courses for young people aged 12 to 16 years will run from 25 February at Monkton Park, Chippenham.
Apart from a £5 deposit the training courses are free with training rides from 6.30pm to 8pm on Wednesdays. These will hone bikers skills in preparation for the feature rides from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays in picturesque locations around Wiltshire. There are eight sessions in all, each session will develop confidence, teach intricate route planning and focus on safety awareness. Cyclists are welcome to bring their own bike and helmet with them, however these will be provided if required.
Volunteers are also being encouraged to assist on the course. Anyone interested, needs to be over 18 and will be trained up as a local mountain biking instructor.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is a great example of providing activities that young people will benefit from. This course provides an excellent way of keeping young people fit, while teaching them important skills they can use in later life. There’s also a strong social benefit as they will be working together to reach their goals. I would also encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to do so. It’s a great opportunity to be trained as a local mountain biking instructor while helping young people enjoy themselves.”
For general information about the mountain biking or volunteering please contact community youth officer Richard Williams, on 07765101338 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a place and obtain a consent form for mountain biking contact Wiltshire Outdoor Learning team by email: email@example.com
Please note – times may differ depending on weather and group ability. A £5 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place.