Youngsters from some of Derby’s most deprived areas have been given the opportunity to use BMX bikes free of charge at Cotton Lane Community Centre, as part of an initiative to help them learn new skills and boost their confidence.

The bike sessions have been set up by charity The Enthusiasm Trust, which provides opportunities for under privileged children and young people to positively contribute to their community or improve their life skills.

The charity has two BMX bikes which were donated by Bike Back Derby, a scheme which specialises in refurbishing old bikes with the help of prisoners and selling them at an affordable price.

Ben Melling, Senior Youth worker from Enthusiasm Youth Trust, said:

On behalf of Enthusiasm, we would like to thank Bike Back Derby for its generous offer of BMX’s.

This fantastic gift does not only enable young people to enjoy the biking facilities offered around the community, but enables them to explore completely new sports that may not be open to them in everyday life.

Not only will Enthusiasm benefit from the donations, but other smaller organisations that work in community partnerships will have access to the BMX’s too!”

Jon Hughes, Bike Back Derby Project Manager, said:

When I heard about the project and all the amazing work that Enthusiasm were doing in the community, I knew that Life Cycle had to help however it could.

Seeing the smiling faces of the young people when they took delivery of the donated bikes was fantastic – I know they’re going to get well used!”

Children and young people involved in the project include those who are at most risk of exclusion from education, offending and anti-social behaviour.

The Enthusiasm Trust works with these young people to help them breakdown barriers with local residents and integrate more in their community.

Bike Back Derby is run by Life Cycle UK and led by Derby City Council’s Connected, project, which aims to keep Derby moving, reduce congestion and increase physical activity.

Bike Back Derby is a charity workshop scheme which refurbishes old bikes with the help of prisoners – giving prisoners a chance to learn new skills in cycle mechanics and engage better with their communities once their sentence has been served.

Published: Tuesday 20th December 2016