In education, student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, motivation, and passion that students show
The Canterbury Bike Project was born out of Steve Sproston’s dedicated commitment to his students. As a college tutor, he developed a project to engage with students and provide them with a valued skill to improve their life chances, whilst also helping the local community see the many benefits of cycling. The project started in 2017.
The objective then, which remains today, was to support students to engage with education. Students who were disengaged with mainstream schooling were invited to join a class where Steve taught them to build a bicycle. One member of that group went on to ride the bike that they built in the London to Brighton bike ride.
Seeing the impact this approach had on the students was the beginning of The Canterbury Bike Project. Thanks to Steve and the support he receives from The Canterbury Academy, our goals today remain the same, to improve the life chances of young people, whilst helping the local community.
In order to reach out to the whole community our time table is as follows. During the day we actively seek to work with as many young people as possible through local schools in the district. In the afternoon we hold different bicycle maintenance workshop sessions which are, and will always be, free to attend – check out our workshop/events page for more details.
We also have sessions tailored for school/college students in our Young Persons Programme, we are City & Guilds certified, Park Tool registered, as well as being a partner of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.