Teenagers get on their bikes in search of new opportunities

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Metropolitan Mayor Sean Lynch with tutors and graduates of the "On Yer Bike' project.

YOUNG people who took part in a bike programme with Limerick Youth Service (LYS) have received their Certificates of Achievement from Metropolitan Mayor Seán Lynch.

The teenagers, who hail from across Limerick, were participants with ‘On Yer Bike’ an exciting and very popular programme run by LYS’ Bike Project at The Factory Southside Youth Space in Galvone.

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Cllr Lynch was joined at the presentation by LYS chief executive Fiona O’Grady along with families and friends of the young people.

Speaking to the young people Cllr Lynch said, “you showed great motivation, commitment and dedication in giving up your free time to take part in this programme”.

“You have learned to build bikes, met new people and cycled through some of Ireland’s most challenging and scenic cycling routes and that is something you should be extremely proud of,” he added.

Cllr Lynch was also full of praise for the programme saying it was a great course that taught young people about the technical skills as well as the fitness benefits associated with cycling.

As one class ends, another is beginning and LYS have a number of vacancies for young people interested in taking part in the On Yer Bike project.

On Yer Bike covers many parts of the bike industry such as maintenance and assembly as well as the employment opportunities in what is becoming one of Ireland’s fastest growing industries.

The social, physical and mental health benefits of cycling are also a key feature of the course with the teenagers learning about diet and nutrition in addition to modules that cover mindfulness and martial arts.

Away from the workshops, the teenagers will explore some of Ireland’s most majestic cycling greenways including the Ballyhoura Bike Trail and the Great Western Trail in Rathkeale.

LYS’ Bike Project is supported by the Irish Youth Foundation, Limerick City and County Council, the Limerick Sports Partnership and Cycling Ireland.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service is committed to connecting with young people and helping them reach their full potential.

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