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Injured veterans to train as mountain bike leaders in Bacup
A PROJECT to help rehabilitate injured war veterans by training them to become mountain bike leaders is set to be launched.
The Military Mountain Bikes Project will train, and employ, ex-servicemen and women to teach people how to get off the beaten track on mountain bikes.
The Proffitts’ scheme, which is to be run out of the annexe in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, will involve veterans training people how to master cycle routes in Lee and Cragg Quarries, and other courses further a field.
John Greenwood, from Proffitts, a community organisation, said: “It’s also a way of meeting veterans and seeing the difficulties, sacrifices, and injuries they face in the Armed Forces.”
Ex-servicemen and women will start the sessions in November.
The veterans will be testing out the planned routes, ensuring there are ones suitable for different cycling abilities.
There will also be sessions for Accrington and Rossendale College students on an adventure training course, looking to become sports instructors.
Proffitts is aiming for the project to be working with every school in the borough next year, taking students for trips out on the bikes.
The organisation is also working with Lancashire Young People’s Service, and is awaiting delivery of a fleet of mountain bikes for the veterans and students to use.
Mr Greenwood said: “Next year is when the proper work will start, when everything’s up and running.
“We want the veterans to be mountain bike leaders, out there training other people and getting better.”
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