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Partnership approach 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…

Wednesday, Oct 19

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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, eight pupils have joined the club to participate regularly.

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club youth coach with two of the children attending the sessions 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 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 as part 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, said: “It has been extremely rewarding to deliver cycling sessions in local communities, removing […]

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