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£225 cash injection helps grease the wheels of training

Futures Housing Group has pumped in cash to help fund bicycle repair training for young people in Amber Valley.

The housing provider awarded the cash to Amber Valley Sports and Leisure Development Group as part of its Futures Fund initiative.

The fund is used by Futures to support projects or voluntary groups whose work benefits its customers.

The sports group applied for a slice of the fund, in partnership with Blend Youth Project, to run a short basic cycle maintenance course for young people.

The money paid for local mechanic Dave Howard from Big on Bikes in Little Eaton to help train youngsters in and provide the tools they need to carry out essential maintenance to bicycles, which will be used in future health sessions.

Vital funds

Alistair Bagnall, a committee member from Amber Valley Sport & Leisure Development, and organiser of the project through his role in the Community Sport & Wellbeing team at Amber Valley Borough Council said: “It’s been fantastic to receive this funding from Futures, without it we wouldn’t have been able to run this project.

“It’s given these young people a fantastic opportunity to learn a skill that they perhaps wouldn’t have learnt in a school environment.”

One of the group’s many objectives is to prepare local young people for employment and Alistair sees these workshops as a good example of how they do so. He added: “It’s a basic introduction to repair skills and we hope it will give the young people a passion to go into an industry such as engineering.”

Providing learning opportunities to young people

Futures Housing Group Customer Engagement Officer, Karen Ainsworth, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help Amber Valley Sport and Leisure Development with their Cycle Skills project.

“They are dedicated to providing our younger customers with learning opportunities with a view to helping them find employment in the future. As this is a value we both share it’s important for us to be able to support them with this funding.”

So far the sessions have been attended by three local young people and the group would like to use some of the money to run a pilot cycling experience day in the near future.

Blend is a local project with bases in Ripley and Heanor that runs workshops and offers a range of support and advice to young people in the local community.

The group was one of 10 which received a slice of cash from Futures Fund.

The second round of applications has recently opened, for more information on the initiative visit

For more information on Amber Valley Sport and Leisure Development Group visit or find them on Facebook by searching ‘Active Amber Valley’.

For more information on Blend Youth Project visit

  • Last updated: 05/01/2017

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