Children learn new skills in community class

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CHILDREN will have the chance to own a bike and learn how to maintain it.

Community charity Big World Impact is joining forces with Hampshire Constabulary for the ‘Pimp Ya Bike’ project.

The scheme is aimed at children between the ages of 11 and 17 who live in Leigh Park.

Selected children will have the chance to attend a four-day course during the school holidays.

Once each of the children has chosen a bike they will be taught by a qualified bike mechanic to strip it down, respray and rebuild it. By the end the children will have learned how to maintain their bikes and will have a good understanding of road safety.

Charlotte Bishop, community engagement coordinator for Big World Impact, said: ‘Local young people are nominated to take part in the course as a way to break down barriers with the local police and educate about bike maintenance and road safety.’

She said it would also act as a reminder about good behaviour.

For more information call (023) 9387 2350.