Kickz youngsters learn more about safe driving.
A group of youngsters taking part in a community project have successfully completed a driving project aiming to increase road safety awareness.
The nine youngsters completed a course arranged between the Foundation of Light’s Seaburn Kickz programme and Teendrive.
The project aims to introduce youngsters aged 14-17 to the basics of driving and instil good practice at an early age.
Running over 10 weeks participants cover the theory and driving elements of the driving test mixing classroom and practical sessions.
Four sessions are classroom based covering hazard perception and theory questions, with one of the sessions being delivered by officers from Northumbria Police Traffic Department.
The remaining six sessions are delivered at the Stadium of Light’s car park were the participants take control of a vehicle and learn technique of handling the car in a safe manner.
The Foundation of Light’s Kickz programme aims to give teenagers access to positive activities and workshops, helping them develop skills and knowledge that will give them a chance of reaching their true potential.
Other projects run by the programme include lifeguarding with the RNLI, fire safety with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Phoenix Project, anti-social behaviour and drug awareness with the Northumbria police and Sea Angling with Fishing North East.
Teendrive are the only North East driving school that specialises in driving lessons for young people aged 14-17 and is recognized as a local authority service provider.
Craig Ramshaw, Managing Director of Teen Drive said of the project: “It’s been fantastic to be able to run this course with the Foundation of Light. The goals of the Kickz programme are directly in line with what I set up Teen Drive to achieve; to help young people stay safe.”
“Road deaths are the biggest killer of young people in the UK with the main reason for this being cited as lack of experience. If we can start young people learn early then we can hope to combat this.”
Ian Corner, Seaburn Kickz Coordinator added: “The project has been a great success with nine of our young people not only completing it but thoroughly enjoying it too. We are already planning our next programme and hope to involve more young people in this excellent safety focused course.”
Teendrive was recently featured on BBC television’s Dragon’s Den programme where it received excellent feedback for its pioneering attitude towards driver and road safety.
Seaburn Kickz runs every Wednesday night 6-8pm and Friday night 7-9pm from the Seaburn Centre, each session costs 30p entry. For further information contact Ian Corner at firstname.lastname@example.org.