Senior pupils from schools across the country have recently returned from a six day residential camp run by Cycling Scotland and funded by Transport Scotland designed to help them develop their passion for cycling into an action plan to be implemented within the school.
A total of 13 schools from across Scotland were selected after presenting ideas for encouraging their pupils to use cycling as a way to get to and from school and to keep active.
The 73 attending secondary school students were supported by experts and experienced tutors across the duration of their stay and enjoyed cycling-based activities and challenges, such as training to deliver Bikeability Scotland sessions, a one-day cycle maintenance course and a Go MTB (mountain bike) riding skills day.
The attending pupils also benefited from workshop activities to create a business action plan for their cycling ideas as well as a course in event management.
Speakers at the Cycling Scotland School Camp include Abi Wingate from Cycle Instead, who cycled from Thailand to Edinburgh in 2011, and Iain Withers, leader of The Riderz and The Clan cycle stunt teams.
The participating schools also each took home a small funding grant from Cycling Scotland to help them implement their cycling promotion strategies within their schools and ensure the legacy of the camp is passed down to younger pupils
48 of the attending pupils were able to achieve their full Cycle Trainer Assistant qualification while at the camp, allowing them to assist their teachers with the delivery of Bikeability Levels One and Two for younger pupils.
Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to making it easier for more people to incorporate active travel choices into their daily routines by cycling and walking. That is why we have in recent years invested significantly in training, infrastructure and road safety campaigns for the benefit of cyclists through organisations such as Cycling Scotland.
“I am delighted that our funding has supported this initiative, enabling young leaders in schools to develop their own ideas on how they can encourage their fellow pupils to get on their bikes more often for everyday journeys.”
William Wright, development officer, Cycling Scotland said:
The new Cycling Scotland School Camps are designed for 4th and 5th year pupils in Scotland to not only develop their skills as cycling ambassadors, but to give them the qualifications, knowledge and tools to create actions plans, stage events and create a buzz around their cycling projects.
“The young people themselves will be leading the delivery of projects in their schools, and there are some great ideas being developed, ranging from bike maintenance clubs, and bike libraries, to designing a mountain biking track and purchasing tandem bikes for visually impaired pupils in their school. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the camps in the months and year ahead.”
Larbert High School, Falkirk
Kyle Academy, South Ayrshire
Alloa Academy, Clackmannanshire
Clyde Valley High School, North Lanarkshire
St Joseph’s Academy, East Ayrshire
Doon Academy, East Ayrshire
Rosshall Academy, Glasgow
Govan High School, Glasgow
Dalbeattie High School, Dumfries and Galloway
Torry Academy, Aberdeen
Arran High School, North Ayrshire
Port Glasgow High School, Inverclyde
Montrose Academy, Angus