Young members of a local British cycling club were celebrating this week after receiving a windfall from the Jack Petchey Foundation awards scheme. The Jack Petchey Foundation, established in 1999, gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11 to 25.
The South Woodford-based Team Economic Energy held their Jack Petchey presentation Sunday with the club receiving £1,500 to spend on their young riders.
The money will allow the club, which was formed in 2001, and is part of the British Cycling Go Ride scheme which encourages youth to take up cycling, to purchase cycling clothing, shoes, helmets and gloves for the youngsters.
British Cyclings Regional Manager, Nigel Hampton, presented the cheque on behalf of the Jack Petchey Foundation.
Club secretary Leslie Everest said: "This funding will enable us to kit-out our youth riders in our team colours and makes them feel professional. This assistance will encourage young people to prepare for the Olympics, which will be right on our doorstep."
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Leslie Everest on Leslie@economic-energy.com.