THE pilot scheme of a new community cycling initiative has been hailed a massive success.

Warrington Community Bike Project, a first for the borough, got underway late last year following a £3,500 grant from Cheshire Police and crime commissioner, David Keane.

The project, run by LiveWire, teaches young people bicycle maintenance skills over a six week period.

Participants can keep their re-built bike at the end of the course and receive a certificate of attendance.

Paul Flannery, community sports development officer for LiveWire said: "The first bike project was a massive success.

"The engagement from all participants was brilliant and has given them some key life skills.

"The technicians and volunteers are all overwhelmed by the success of the pilot scheme, in which there has been a lot of interest in.

"We are confident that it can grow further throughout 2020."

The project is a partnership between LiveWire, Warrington Police and Cycling Projects, a Warrington-based charity getting people active through cycling.

It aims to help build community cohesion and promote cycling as a form of getting exercise.

Pupils from Culcheth High School recently completed the course, with the next wave of the project already underway involving students from Penketh High School and adult learners from McIntyre’s Greater Communities scheme.

The latest programme has a number of new elements being introduced from Cheshire Fire and Rescue on road safety, first aid and their ‘Pedal Smart’ initiative.