There was joyous scenes at the Southside Youth Space recently as eight young people who took part in a bike programme with Limerick Youth Service (LYS), received their Certificates of Achievement from the Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr. 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, Galvone, Limerick.
Cllr. Lynch was joined at the presentation by LYS CEO, Fiona O’Grady and the 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,’ said Cllr. Lynch.
Cllr. Lynch was 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.’
Meanwhile course coordinator, Des Galligan congratulated the graduates and thanked their families and those that supported the programme.
‘You have been a joy to work with and to learn to assembly a bike from scratch in such a short space of time is a remarkable achievement,’ said a very proud Des.
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, teenagers will explore some of Ireland’s most majestic cycling greenways including the Ballyhoura Bike Trail, Co. Limerick and the Great Western Trail, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick.
LYS’ Bike Project is supported by the Irish Youth Foundation, Limerick City & County Council, Limerick Sports Partnership and Cycling Ireland.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.