British Cycling has announced Alton Castle in Stoke-on-Trent has become an approved centre for the delivery of MTB Leadership.
As an approved centre, lead MTB rides will now take place across the venue’s grounds, hosted by British Cycling qualified MTB Leaders.
Alton Castle is a residential youth centre, which is visited by over 8,000 children each year - mostly on residential retreats but an increasing number visiting for day retreats. The young people will now be able to get involved with cycling as part of their trips.
To become a British Cycling MTB Leadership approved centre, a venue is required to have a number of key technical procedures and systems in place. This month, Alton Castle successfully passed the criteria, which means it has achieved a certain level of standard and safety.
British Cycling’s recreation education manager, Neil Atkinson, said: “Alton Castle offers a unique experience for its visitors, which meets a real need within schools and community groups. We are thrilled to award Alton Castle with approved delivery status, so that mountain biking can now enhance that experience for young people.”
Roger Maughan, business director of Alton Castle, said: “We are thrilled with this accreditation and the opportunity to work with British Cycling and look forward to this partnership enhancing all cycling activities at Alton Castle.”
Later this year, British Cycling Level 1 MTB Leadership training courses will be hosted at Alton Castle to increase the number of qualified MTB Leaders at the venue, who can lead people safely on rides.