Due to recent initiatives and development work carried out by Active Schools and Outdoor Learning Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was recently made an accredited mountain bike centre by Cycling Scotland.
This means that in addition to delivering the Bikeability scheme and road training to adults and children, the Comhairle’s accredited centre, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Cycling (CNES Cycling), can now deliver off road and mountain bike training to adults and young people.
As part of this accreditation, Outdoor Learning have begun delivery of a mountain bike proficiency award, “Go Mountain Bike”.
The award covers four themes: Riding Skills, First Aid, being independent and self-supporting, and sharing the outdoors.
There are five levels of proficiency across these four themes.
This new accreditation is part of the ongoing development of staff qualifications and adds to the range of activities being offered by the Sport and Health Section at CNES across the islands.
A main aim of CNES Cycling is to have a qualified mountain bike tutor, within the team, who will be available to deliver new cycle training courses and maintain the skills of existing trainers.
The latest development by CNES cycling is a new project called BikeBarra, which is currently being prepared to help increase interest in cycling on Barra.
The project will provide training and equipment for staff and volunteers to deliver Bikeability sessions to pupils and will include identification and assessment of off-road trails to help improve skills and confidence.
In addition to holding an Adventure Activities License to deliver a broad range of activities, the Sport and Health Section is now accredited to deliver a range of sailing courses through CNES Sailing and a range of cycling courses through CNES Cycling.