mountainbiking is for everyone...
Getting on your bike regularly not only gets you where you want to go with less damage to the environment and often faster than in a car; it protects you against a wide range of health problems, and also makes you feel better. Mountain biking allows you to experience those far flung places the Highlands have to offer whilst providing the challenges of getting there safely.
Skills not spills is a mountain bike skills programme run at Abriachan Forest Trust specifically aimed at novice to intermediate riders. The programme is designed to build confidence on a mountainbike and offers achievable challenges taught by trained SMBLA coaches.
The Skills not Spills Skills not Spills programme is also offerd to school groups as part of a planned visit to Abriachan Forest. Mountain biking can be teamed up with Forest School activities to offer an exciting and fun packed adventurous day in the forest.
Why not come along and help develop the mountain bikng facilities at AFT. Groups regularly help with trail maintenance and construction. Recently a group from APEX Inverness designed, bench cut, dug, brashed, bridged and have now completed a new 2km section of red route - appreciated by the more daring riders of the trails and also by the walkers who take time to enjoy the magnificent views over the firth to Ben Wyvis and beyond.
AFT coaches work closely with Active Schools Coordinator to run mountain bike skills sessions in the forest.All tutors are Qualified scottish Cycling Level 2 coaches along with SMBLA tutor status. If you would like to bring your school or group for a skills session why not contact either simon or suzann (numbers can be found on the contact page)
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School multi activity programmes
Combining outdoor learning, Forest School and cycling, Abriachan Forest Trust run programs specifically aimed at improving not only health but also other core skills. This compelements the four capacities of the Curriciulum for excellence which are to enable young people to become:
We can plan a bespoke programme that not only improves fitness levels but also develops confidence, raises self esteem and promotes communication skills.
Our multi activity programme recognises the need to promote healthy lifestyles and works positively with organisations and schools to promote this.
These programs can help your school achieve its health promoting aims by tailor making course specifically with your groups in mind.
A NEW mountain bike proficiency course, designed by Cycling Scotland,The course will cover 4 themes riding skills, first aid, being independent and self supporting and sharing the outdoors. There are 5 levels of proficiency across these 4 themes.
Abriachan is one of only a few accredited centres in the Highlands offering this award. A great way to improve your skill level whilst gaining a nationally recognised award. The program runs for all ages and abilities and can be tailored to any specific groups. please contact simon for details.