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Project will help us get on our bikes

The new facility will include a skills area and bike pump track and is possible thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy Fund

The new facility will include a skills area and bike pump track and is possible thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy Fund

Unused land near to a popular school is to be transformed into a bike track for the local community after £212,000 of funding was approved.

The field near Larbert High School will have a pump track, skills area and woodland trail thanks to a £150,000 grant from the Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy Fund and a further £70,000 from Falkirk Enterprise Trust, the school charity board and school funds.

The ambitious project has applied for planning permission with the work hoping to be complete by the summer.

PE teacher Kirsty MacGowan said although the pupils will benefit from the facilities the whole community is welcome to make use of them outwith school hours.

“This will be a fantastic asset to Larbert and utilise a space that goes unused.

“The idea has been there for seven or eight years, but now, thanks to the Commonwealth Games, we have funding to turn the ideas into reality.”

The school, which was the first in Scotland to get Cycle Friendly status, worked in partnership with Falkirk Bike Club, the school bike group and professional designers to come up with the best use of the space.

The track will help to build confidence in novice cyclists, with the pump track allowing riders to increase their speed.

School captain Fraser Johnston (S6) is also a member of Falkirk Bike Club and thinks the track could inspire future generations of cyclists.

“The track will be particularly beneficial to kids that don’t have a bicycle at home as they can use the school ones to learn how to mountain bike.

“The school runs regular trips to a mountain biking facility in Glentress but some pupils don’t have the skills needed to go. With the track, they will be able to get them and take advantage of the trips.”

“The funding came from the 2014 Legacy Fund and this facility will create a sporting legacy. I hope it will make mountain biking more accessible - we could even have a future Commonwealth Games medal winner.”

If planning is approved by Falkirk Council, the track will need to be complete by August for the start of the Commonwealth Games.

 

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