Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Generation BMX

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Generation BMX

Article excerpt

DANNY Robinson is a man with a mission. He wants to get kids away from screens and outside riding BMX bikes.

He launched the BMX BOX project for youngsters in the Everton ward of Liverpool to give youngsters an alternative to being glued to their XBox or PlayStation.

It also offers a healthy activity that helps protect young people from falling into the clutches of gangs.

Children aged five to 12 can go along, for free, to ride the bikes, fix and clean them, take part in races and help maintain the track. Snacks and fruit are provided free, and experienced riders mentor the young people.

Danny, a trained therapist and cycling enthusiast, has run the project with the support of the Friends of Everton Park for three years. Hundreds of kids have benefitted.

"I know how cycling can help in so many areas, including good mental health," he says. …

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