A much-loved activity centre is celebrating after riding off with new bikes, thanks to funding from Whitmore Reans Local Neighbourhood Partnership (LNP) and the Police Crime Fund.

Staff at Wildside Activity Centre in Whitmore Reans used the money to buy 6 new bikes, worth £250 each, which will be used to continue its popular family biking sessions.

These sessions are well attended but the centre's existing bikes were old and needed replacing. Buying the new bikes will enable it to open up the sessions to more residents in Wolverhampton.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "This will help make this popular activity available to more people, giving them the chance to enjoy an active lifestyle."

Peter Holmes, chairman of Whitmore Reans LNP, added: "This is an excellent opportunity for the community and we hope they will take up the opportunity to improve their biking skills and get physically active."

The funding was originally given to LNPs by Public Health as part of an initiative designed to develop local leaders and benefit the community. It was match-funded by Whitmore Reans LNP and also supported the recent Big Lunch at Gloucester Street Community Centre.

  • released: Thursday 20 June, 2013