PCSP Funded Bike Project Targets Anti-Social Behaviour
The Ards and North Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has funded a bike project at Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour at the centre.
Delivered by the Education Authority Youth Service in partnership with the PSNI and other agencies, eight young riders who demonstrated an interest in developing their biking skills were recruited for the 10-week programme.
Using the on-site bike/pump track, they have completed sessions on bike maintenance that have covered a variety of topics including the use of brakes/gears, correct use of the pump track, front and back wheel lifts, speed control, and free speed.
Those taking part will also be able to engage in the Duke of Edinburgh programme.
Running on Friday evenings at the Leisure Complex, together with a number of Saturday sessions at other venues such as Conlig Bike Track and Shaw’s Bridge Pump Track, the programme has provided a diversionary activity for the young people.
The Chair of the Ards and North Down PCSP, Councillor Nick Mathison, said:
"I was delighted to see the young people involved so clearly enjoying the programme and developing new skills at the same time. Programmes such as this, which effectively divert young people from anti-social behaviour while also building skills for the future and developing a sense of civic responsibility, are where the PCSP should be directing resources. This is a really positive project and is a great example of how statutory partners working together can deliver really positive outcomes."
The Policing and Community Safety Partnership is continuing to find innovative ways of supporting young people across the Borough and the bike project is one of a range of initiatives. For more information about the PCSP, visit www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/pcsp