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Partnership approach in Alford increases cycling opportunities for young people

Partnership approach in Alford increases cycling opportunities for young people

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club (DTCC) have been working in partnership with Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) Community Sports Hub and Active Schools to develop new cycling…

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Deeside Thistle Cycling Club (DTCC) have been working in partnership with Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) Community Sports Hub and Active

Schools to develop new cycling opportunities in the Alford area and creating a progressive pathway into club cycling – with over 300 riders

participating and to date and eight pupils joining the club to participate regularly.

Funding provided through a successful application to the Positive Action Grant fund from LLA allowed Alford Community Sports Hub to run a bike maintenance workshop in March, which was attended by 11 members of the local community who were taught how to properly maintain their

bikes.

In addition, two of the junior coaches from DTCC were given support to cover costs and complete their level 2 coaching qualification.

Nine mountain bikes that are owned by Alford Academy were also serviced as part of the funding and are now available for pupils to use aspart of any curricular sessions.Five weeks of extra-curricular cycling activities were then offered to pupils in primaries 2, 3 and 4 across the network and in total 20 young children attended with the feedback from participants, parents and coaches all fantastic.The coaches then continued to deliver further sessions in areas including Banchory, Braemar and Aboyne and plan to continue delivering similar sessions in these areas in future.Isla Long (Junior DTCC coach) commented, “It has been extremely rewarding to deliver cycling sessions in local communities, removing the need to travel and allowing children to learn to cycle with their friends.We hope that the skills that they have […]

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