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Empowering Pedals

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Uploaded on Dec 10, 2007

'Empowering Pedals', a cycling scheme designed to increase physical activity whilst reducing anti social behaviour, was launched at Llandegla Mountain Bike Centre.
The scheme, which is being run in conjunction with North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Wrexham County Council and the Arson Reduction Team, is funded by the Sports Council for Wales, under the Active Lifestyle Fund.
The initiative focuses on youth engagement, rewarding improved behaviour and giving young people the opportunity to redirect their energies into leisure activities as well as to experience the pleasures of the great outdoors.
Trained instructors from the Police and the Fire Service take youngsters on cycling trails and give advice on new skills, how to ride different trails and how to maintain their bikes.
The project will be piloted for 12 months in the Wrexham North area, and pupils from Ysgol Clywedog were in attendance at the launch to try out the cycling trail.
And for some of the 14-year-olds from the school it was the first time they got on a mountain bike.
"I'm excited, but I'm also scared," said one girl, as she got fitted up with a helmet, gloves and the bike she would be spending the whole day riding around the award winning centre.
Insp Alun Oldfield, himself a keen cyclist, said: "This project has taken months of planning and organising. The idea is that during school holidays officers will take out groups of children to this wonderful facility at Coed Llandegla."
Deputy Chief Constable Clive Wolfendale said: "As police officers we are always striving to make our communities and neighbourhoods safer places to live and we are constantly looking at ways to reduce anti social behaviour.
"So this is the challenge for all local children from the Wrexham area -- behave yourselves, work hard and we will get you involved in a very exciting and more active lifestyle."
"I hope this will be a landmark facility which is emblematic of the work going on across North Wales," he added.

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