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Charities combine to give Haverhill youngsters free scooter and cycling coaching




More than 30 young people took advantage of free bike and scooter coaching sessions that were on offer during last week’s half-term at a Haverhill venue.

Although rain led to two of the four sessions at the Puddlebrook Pump Track, off Greenfields Way, having to be cancelled, the remaining sessions still attracted 33 participants between the ages of seven and 15.

The sessions were offered by The Local Conversation Project Haverhill South, working alongside the Haverhill South People’s Forum with support from Community Action Suffolk (CAS).

A young cyclist taking some bike coaching at Puddlebrook Pump Track. Picture by Jay Mills
A young cyclist taking some bike coaching at Puddlebrook Pump Track. Picture by Jay Mills

They brought in specialists coaches from ATB Coaching, for the bike training, and Shredder Skate School for the scooter coaching – the latter of which was a new offer at the track.

Jay Mills, a community development worker for CAS, who helped set up and run the days, said: “There were more people out and about and I like to think we might have inspired people to take part next time.

“It was very much an engagement activity that we were undertaking.”

A youngster enjoying the scooter coaching at Puddlebrook Pump Track in Haverhill. Picture by Jay Mills
A youngster enjoying the scooter coaching at Puddlebrook Pump Track in Haverhill. Picture by Jay Mills

Jay added: “Something we are looking to do in the future alongside the pump track is do some repair shops to show the young people how to maintain their own equipment.”

On offer at the track were beginner, intermediate and girl-specific classes, the latter of which had eight participants, while cycles could be borrowed.

Local Conversations is a People’s Health Trust initiative which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community and take local action on issues that matter to them. It is funded by the People’s Health Trust, using money raised by Health Lottery East.

Scooter fun at Puddlebrook Pump Trace in Haverhill. Picture by Jay Mills
Scooter fun at Puddlebrook Pump Trace in Haverhill. Picture by Jay Mills

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities.

It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery, and distributes grants.

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