Cycling Hub shortlisted for sports award

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The organisers behind the Angus Cycling Festival have been shortlisted for an award at the Sports Business Innovation Award.

Angus Cycling Hub, which is based in Arbroath, will have to wait until the glittering awards ceremony at Glasgow Science Centre on March 11 to find out if they have been successful.

The awards, run by Sporting Chance Initiative (SCI), will recognise and reward the very best and most innovative businesses and individuals in the Scottish sport industry.

The Angus Cycling Hub is a social enterprise which is dedicated to supporting and developing cycling in the region and beyond, has been shortlisted for the ‘best innovation in community sport’ category.

In 2014, the hub developed a mobile cycling and mountain bike skills coaching model which toured local schools to help promote these sports in the region and make them accessible to young people who may otherwise not get the chance to try them out.

Spotting the lack of infrastructure and pathways for people in the region, Angus Cycles developed and built and innovative and bespoke 25 metre portable wooden skills course.

Coupled with the provision of bikes, coaches and training equipment they made the virtues, health and environmental benefits of cycling more affordable and accessible in Angus.

Events and coaching ran throughout 2014, culminating in the Angus Cycling Festival which took place in September. The festival had an estimated economic impact of just under £10,000 to the local Angus economy.

Scott Francis from Angus Cycle Hub, said: “Through an innovative use of local resources and volunteers, we have developed a sustainable model that will continue to promote the virtues, health and environmental benefits of cycling and give local people affordable access to cycling, pathways, education and events to continue to grow the sport in the region. We are therefore delighted and honoured to have been nominated for this prestigious award.”