provides outdoor activities for young people in Hackney, an area where children live in the top 1% of deprived housing in the UK. In addition to providing after-school, weekend and school holiday activity programmes, they also offer accredited training courses in outdoor activities for young people.
They applied for funding in 2014 and were awarded £5,200 towards a fleet of 20 mountain bikes to be used by the young people attending their sessions. The Mountain Biking Project delivers lessons to schools across Hackney and Waltham Forest as well as different youth and community groups in East London.
The purchase of the new mountain bikes has enabled Leaside Trust to increase the number of sessions they provide and integrate into different communities, reaching out to more girls and young women. The increased number of sessions has created additional income to cover staffing costs as well as raising their profile in the local community. This has meant they have had a greater intake in their youth clubs and are also in the process of training some of their volunteers to gain the Mountain Bike Leader award.
The additional positive results that have come from the purchase of the new mountain bikes shows how much they are enjoyed and are a valuable asset to the organisation.
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