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Bike Training for Navan Students

09 April 2015
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Got bike trouble? If so, the students from National Learning Network in Navan could help you as they have just completed a 4-week bicycle maintenance course with bike retailer Halfords. The 20 students who took part in the hour-long weekly lessons, learned in detail all aspects of bicycle maintenance. The course, which was provided free of charge by Halfords, was such a success that plans are in place for a more advanced 8-week course in April for interested students. 

Sarah Fields, student said, “I really enjoyed the course as it was something different. We learned a lot of practical things like how to do a basic safety check for a bike. You use the letter M, i.e. start with the wheel, move up to the saddle and down to the chain and then up to the brakes and then down again to the wheel. We also learned how to put on a safety helmet correctly and to adjust it. We learned how to fix a puncture, by using a bucket of water, watching out for where the bubbles of air are coming through and then to put a patch over the hole.”
 
Alan Breathnach, Centre Manager, National Learning Network, said, “The idea for the course came from an initial safety cycle programme that was held in Halfords. I asked them if they would be would do an introductory session with some of our students and they gratefully offered to do so in their shop in Navan. The students really enjoyed the course and they were delighted to be presented with certificates at the end of it. The 8-week advanced course will focus on bike maintenance in a more advanced way and will cater for those who have a specific interest in bicycles. We hope to encourage some of our students to get back on their bikes and join the local cycling club.”
 
National Learning Network provides training in partnership with SOLAS and the HSE for people out of work through accident, illness, or disability. Its two centres in Navan located at the Mullaghboy Industrial Estate and Kennedy Road currently cater for over seventy students and provide the vocational programmes Employer-based Training, Fresh Start and Advance, and the rehabilitative training programme Access.