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The MBLA scheme has now been fully integrated into the mountain bike leadership qualifications provided across British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling. 

MBLA courses are not now available, but the following information remains to serve those who still hold MBLA qualifications.

Please see the FAQ page where you have any questions.  Where you have a query not answered there, please do contact Scottish Cycling to discuss it.

 As a very brief overview, the UK Mountain Bike Leadership Awards are a set of qualifications that the MBLA awards have merged into.  The new awards are a progression in terms of updating content, learning opportunities and context in line with developments that have occurred in equipment, leading techniques and educational practice across mountain biking and the outdoors sector.  They are also set up across all three UK governing bodies, British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling.  See more about the qualifications levels, contexts and environments at our mtbleadership page.


   As a final reminder we would like to confirm that ALL outstanding MBLA assessments must be completed by 30th June 2016. As previously communicated, the MBLA awards are no longer available and concluded on the 31st December 2015. However, the period from January to June 2016 was given as an opportunity for any leaders completing their assessments to finalise any deferred elements of their award. This includes any skills elements or administration requirements, such as submitting evidence of a current first aid qualfication or valid British Cycling membership number.

   No new MBLA certificates will be issued after the end of June and the MBLA e-mail address will no longer be in operation. Replacement .pdf certificates can be issued by request. As previously communicated, if you have any questions or outstanding issues with MBLA please now direct these to

   Please read the information below in the January update or follow the link to the FAQs page for any further details.


Happy New Year and best wishes for a very successful 2016!

As you will probably be aware, as of 1st January 2016, our mountain bike leadership courses are now being delivered under the new UK MBLS (UK-wide, mountain bike leadership scheme).  

Don’t panic about your existing MBLA qualifications though!  Existing TCL and MBL qualifications do not cease because of the new scheme, and will continue to be recognised in the outdoor world as valid qualifications.  Leaders will also still be able to access the insurance membership benefit that British Cycling offers, subject to registering their qualification (see below).  As best practice we would always advise that you should be insured for your leadership activities. 

You may already be insured by your current employer but should you wish to be insured by British Cycling you will need to do the following:-

  • Hold a current British Cycling membership at a minimum level of ‘Ride’.  The Bronze and Fan membership packages do not include insurance cover.  You do not necessarily need to have Silver and Gold memberships unless you wish to access their additional membership benefits.
  • Log your TCL and/or MBL leadership qualification(s) with British Cycling so that they are held on your member profile and will NOT currently show on your membership card. We aim to have these qualifications on your card in the future.
  • Log with British Cycling a relevant current first aid qualification.  This must be an outdoor first aid qualification (minimum two days) or a full First Aid at Work qualification (minimum three days).  Again, this will be held on your member profile but will NOT show on your membership card.
  • Log evidence with British Cycling of having undergone safeguarding and child protection training (a Disclosure or DBS check will not suffice as they are just background checks).  Again, this will be held on your member profile but will not show on your membership card.

You must fulfil all of the above points for your insurance to be valid.

To renew or purchase British Cycling membership contact the membership team on 0161 274 2010 or online here

To log details of your qualification onto an existing membership contact the following:-

If you are based in Scotland please contact, attaching copies of evidence/certificates as above.  Please include your membership number in the email. 

If you are based in England or Wales please contact, again attaching copies of evidence/certificates as above and including your membership number.

Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to recommend that even if you do not require the insurance cover provided by British Cycling, we would strongly encourage all of our leaders to become a member of the Governing Body.  Not only will you benefit from the other great membership offers, you will also help give a stronger voice to Scottish, Welsh and British Cycling to help develop and promote mountain biking in all its forms across the UK.

We hope this information is helpful but if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact either Scottish Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Team 0141 554 6021 or the British Cycling Team on 0161 274 2063.