Scottish Cycling has welcomed a new partnership with British Cycling and HSBC UK which aims to boost cycling at all levels.
Cycling in Scotland is enjoying a boom, with total membership of Scottish Cycling up by a third since London 2012 and the number of women participating in events up by 35 per cent across Scotland in recent years.
The backing from HSBC will support new initiatives and programmes to boost development and and offer greater opportunities for participation in events across the country.
Craig Burn, Chief Executive Officer at Scottish Cycling said: “We are delighted about the announcement of the partnership between British Cycling and HSBC UK as this will mean greater opportunities for the development of the sport in Scotland. By working closer with the home countries, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling, British Cycling will be able to offer more opportunities and develop cycling across the whole of the UK. We look forward to being part of this new and exciting journey.”
Stewart Harris, sportscotland CEO, said: “Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in Scotland at the moment. Major events and successful Scottish performance athletes have and continue to inspire children and young people to get on their bikes and take part. Between the Tour of Britain, UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and Scottish riders winning medals at the Olympics and Paralympics, we are working to grow and develop our clubs significantly to accommodate those new to the sport.
“The new partnership between British Cycling, HSBC UK and the home countries is fantastic news because this can only mean greater support for continuing to grow the sport and helps encourage people to be more active.”
Scottish Cycling, based at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, encourages people to get on a bike for the first time and supports all levels from grass roots to elite athletes competiting at world and Olympic level.
Sir Chris Hoy, Scotland’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time, said: “We’ve had a great eight years with Sky and now with HSBC UK making a long term commitment to British Cycling, it’s going to help anyone who wants to get on a bike to have fun, get fit, go to work or school, or compete right up to the very highest levels of international sport.”
António Simões, Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc said: “We are extremely proud to be working in partnership with British Cycling. Successes at the Olympics and Paralympics in both London and Rio have put cycling well and truly on the map and we are looking to help build on that legacy to make a real difference from grass roots cycling all the way up to those representing Great Britain at the very highest level. Our ambition is for this to become a true partnership that benefits every family across Great Britain.”