‘Sustainable Development of Mountain Biking in Scotland – A National Strategic Framework – Refresh 2016-2018’ launched and new Chair of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland appointed.
New trail centres, support to improve trail sustainability, international events, new participation programmes for all, sport and business development and new national marketing campaigns will help Scottish mountain biking retains its status as a world class destination. The refresh of the national strategic framework (the Framework) of sustainable mountain biking in Scotland has been launched to oversee the delivery of key actions from 2016 to 2018. The Framework aims to build on the significant progress made to date by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and its partners.
To help DMBinS oversee the delivery of the Framework, DMBinS and its partners are delighted to announce the appointment of Lee Cousins as the Chair of the Project. Lee has a wealth of experience previously holding the post of Head of Corporate Strategy and Policy for sportscotland. This role was majorly concerned with strategic thinking, strategy production and delivery for that organisation but also Scottish sport, including preparation of 2 Scottish national sports strategies.
Lee’s most recent role was the Chair of the Scottish Sports Association (SSA), this role involved the strategic direction of the membership body, including making a contribution to the future direction of the overall policy development of sport across Scotland.
Lee said ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. I am excited by the refresh of the Framework and I believe I have the skills and experience to help oversee its delivery. I regard mountain-biking, in all its aspects – participation, performance and facility development - as one of the greatest of Scotland’s sport and tourism successes over the last decade and I am delighted to being given the chance to further enhance it.’
Graeme McLean, Project Manager of DMBinS said ‘The refresh of the Framework will help deliver strategic growth of mountain biking in Scotland. The ambitious plans in place will be delivered by a range of partners across Scotland from businesses, national agencies, Local Authorities, communities and mountain bikers all supported and helped by DMBinS and its partners. A key area will be the development of new sustainable facilities both purpose built and off-road multi-use paths in key strategic areas. We believe effective delivery of the strategic framework will promote Scotland as an internationally recognised destination of good practice for mountain biking development. Also our work with Visit Scotland, businesses and communities will ensure Scotland is promoted as a world class destination for mountain biking and ensure increased exposure for Scottish products and brands.”
DMBinS has also been successful in securing funding from Scottish Cycling, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and sportscotland till December 2018.