BMX club offers the chance to break out
TROUBLED youngsters are being offered an outlet for their energies thanks to the owner of a BMX biking store in Horley.
Simon Archer of Sibot was inspired by the way the sport helped his son Scott, 15, deal with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Now the 54-year-old offers other youngsters the same escape by sponsoring them to ride and take part in events – but he believes improving local facilities for riders could help more young people find a new outlet.
He told the Mirror: "It gives them this freedom, they can be as cheap and easy as you want. You can just ride around the streets.
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"It is better than drinking beer or smoking on the streets. The riders go and meet up and ride, it's like a brotherhood. Maybe they could make the skate park in Horley a bit bigger, so the kids wouldn't have to go to Crawley or Horsham."
After a succession of problems getting his son's bike fixed by different stores, Mr Archer decided to do it himself, as well as sell BMXs.
Mr Archer, from Horley, added: "That's what Sibot is about, treat the riders like human beings not just pounds, shillings and pence."
As he visited skate parks with Scott, and saw more riders come through the door, of the shop, Mr Archer began to recruit members to join his team and some now take part in national competitions.
Andy Donovan, 27, is Sibot's Reigate rider and as one of the team's older members believes the work provides an important outlet for the children.
"The big teams go round the world, but this is a bit more locally involved," he told the Mirror.
"We did some shows for the local schools. You get children who are really shy and it brings them out of their shell."
Andy added: "Simon has got so involved with the riders, it's more than just a business."
Mr Archer recently relocated his store to new premises in Station Approach, from which he runs his other business of car maintenance and installing air conditioning, which also help fund the Sibot enterprise.
But for him the joy is seeing the riders enjoy their success.
He said: "You've got someone who was told he was stupid, or wouldn't amount to anything, and he's in mid-air with the bar spinning one way, the bike going another way, and him going a third way. It's so impressive."
For information visit www.sibotbmxshop.co.uk