Motorcycles are helping to provide disadvantaged young people in London with a new chance in life. The Sparkplug Motorcycle Project, a registered charity, was started 15 years ago as a youth engagement project to try to cut crime.
It has evolved into a project offering alternative education, training and youth projects for young people in Islington and surrounding boroughs, using the medium of motorbikes to address the social and educational needs of children and young people excluded from mainstream education as a result of emotional behaviour disorders, learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Now the organisers of Sparkplug are appealing to the motorcycle industry to support them by donating anything from clothing, boots, gloves and motorcycles for riding trips. They are also looking for tools, workshop safety equipment and financial contributions and to place youngsters as apprentices.
They say they have received contributions from Motorcycle Megastore and Kawasaki UK in the past.
Sparkplug provides accredited courses in motorcycle mechanics (OCN Level 1 & 2) to local educational authorities, schools, Pupil Referral Units, alternative education providers, and social services.
It also offers a variety of tailor-made accredited short courses (AQA Unit Award Scheme) in motorbike mechanics, motorbike handling and controls, pedal bike repair and maintenance. These courses enhance personal development and employability skills and can be delivered on and off site as required.
Sparkplug also runs a NEET (Not in Education, Employment) project for 16 – 24 year olds with AQA Accreditations in motorbike mechanics and personal development skills.
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Pictured are: one of the scheme’s young participants; Sparkplug trustee Mo Khan; and mechanic Ben Walker, project manager Lorraine Gibson and tutor Tony Davis.