Sol Cohen Youth Project
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 11:00pm 12 Sep 2006
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Sol Cohen Youth Project provides leisure and educational activities to young orthodox Jewish people in Stamford Hill. The grant funded cycle training for their girls group, offering the chance to develop confidence and skill in road riding.
Project outcomes –
Young people involved gained a greater awareness and skill in riding their bikes on the road. This has given them greater confidence and promoted cycling as a way to not only have fun but to get about to the places they want to go.
Many parents of the project’s members prefer their children to have undertaken cycle training before riding on the roads. This has provided confidence to those parents and also promoted cycling opportunities to other parents and members of the Project.
Some of the perceptions that cycling isn’t a ‘girl’s’ activity have been broken. Initially, the Sol Cohen Youth Project took some persuasion to offer the activity of cycle training to its girls' youth group. This was largely due to perceptions that young girls from the orthodox Jewish community would not take up cycling as an activity. The project youth worker stated, “I really didn’t think it would work, but it did!”
Project offered a new activity to its girls group.