Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving

Albert Einstein

Life is tough, we all know that, and for some young people the mainstream education system can be a challenge.  It can be useful for them to engage in hands on vocational learning activities.  We at The Canterbury Bike Project recognise this and is why we offer youth engagement programmes.

The Canterbury Bike Project was founded by Steve Sproston, a college tutor who developed this project to engage with students and provide them with a valued skill. Thanks to Steve and the support he receives from The Canterbury Academy the engagement programmes remain the core service of The Canterbury Bike Project; to support students to engage with education.

Seeing the impact on the students over the 6 week period is truly rewarding for us, and we feel this goes a long way to supporting our goals to improve the life chances of young people, whilst helping the local community.

We are able to tailor sessions to achieve specific outcomes 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.

The educational re-engagement programme consists of a six-week course,

  • One day a week
  • Practical learning
  • Certificate on completion
  • Pathway to level 1 qualification
  • Earn a bike scheme

The 6-week course can be extended to deliver a City & Guilds level 1 and 2 qualification.

If you are a school or academy representative reading this – contact us for an informal discussion and to find out more.

To any parent reading this who’s child has been referred to us – we are happy to discuss the content of the programme with you, and support any enquiries you have. It really has proven to be a successful approach to re-engaging students into learning. Check out our blog for some success stories.