A club is aiming to get on their bikes thanks to an early Christmas present of a grant of nearly £2,000.
Northumbria Vikings Cycle Speedway Club has secured £1,997.29 from Sported to purchase bikes and equipment to engage local young people at the new Cramlington-based cycle speedway track.
The club is aiming to reach out to local young people who do not access sport, particularly keen to target those at risk of crime or anti-social behaviour, as well as looking to raise female engagement.
Richard Smith, club coach, said: “Since starting the project to build the new facility, we identified the opportunity to reach out to young people and encourage them to get involved in the sport.
“We were also aware of the financial barriers, including the cost of purchasing cycle speedway bikes and equipment.
“The grant from Sported is enabling us to offer the activity to young people who need it most.
“It offers a unique opportunity to engage disadvantaged and disengaged young people with this controlled, but exhilarating, activity.
“We are looking forward to starting free taster sessions for youth groups in the new year.”
Sandra Hillyard, north east regional manager at Sported, said: “We are delighted to support this exciting project.
“Northumbria Vikings Cycle Speedway Club provides a valuable service to the local community, so it’s great that we can help them reach and engage even more disadvantaged young people.”