Youth club volunteer Jon Pyne has been awarded a Jack Petchey Foundation Leader’s Award for his amazing efforts with young people in Sidcup.
Jon has been a volunteer at the Bexley Kickstart Motor Project for over three years and has made a huge impact during that time. In 2011, Jon took the Sidcup team to their first National Youthbike Competition, where young people work in teams to design and build their own concept bike or trike.
Despite it being their first year, the team returned to London with 5 national awards, building a bike that was themed around the car from Peckham sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Since then, Jon has led the team to victory in the national competition every year, accumulating 16 trophies along the way.
John Seal, Alternative Education Coordinator at Pathways PRU who runs the motorbike project in schools said, “Jon has been a hit with the young people since day one. He has given up so much of his free time to support the development of the project, and it is thanks to his support and expertise that we have been so successful in the competitions.”
The Sidcup Motorbike Project was re-branded to the Bexley Kickstart Motor Project in 2012 after Bexley Pathways Short Stay School (PRU) and Bexley Youth Service formed a partnership to expand the reach of the programme. Jon Pyne is now employed by Pathways to deliver and develop the school sessions five times a week, while he continues to volunteer in his spare time to deliver training for out of school teams preparing for the National Youthbike competition.
The National Youthbike competition for 2014 will take place from 27-29 June in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
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