Funding boost for Templehall's cycling project set to bring even more smiles

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Published: Monday 10 Jun 2019 by Fife Council

More funding for PLATFORM cycling project

More funding for PLATFORM cycling project

Fife Council has been awarded almost £12,000 from sportscotland’s Women and Girls Fund to deliver a second phase of its successful PLATFORM cycling project.

 

Last year, 20 girls and young women from the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy took part in the new programme that introduced the pupils to cycling and physical activity in a relaxed and friendly environment. The weekly sessions culminated in a cycling residential adventure experience to Aviemore.

 

Cllr Neil Crooks, Convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee explained: “The experiences led to a positive impact on the young women’s wellbeing. Every single one said that they felt happier because of taking part in the project – that really is a heart-warming and powerful outcome.”

 

“Projects like this offer great opportunities for young people to get more physically active. The fresh funding will allow for a new set of girls and young women to benefit from the programme as well as having a focus on developing the original participants further.

 

Developing self-esteem is also at the heart of this project. Targeted and tailored work like this can have very positive long-term effects in tackling health inequalities.

 

Cllr Crooks added: “We have a proven formula that works. Going forward, we need to harness that enthusiasm and try to encourage the initial participants to make the leap into a community or club setting.

 

“Staff will also be able to also look to increase the number of female coaches who can work with children and young people to help make the project more sustainable in the long term.

 

“It’s an ambitious aim to take participants on a journey from inactive to active and then become a club participant but the fantastic results so far stand us in good stead.”

 

Kirsteen Torrance, the Council’s Cycling Development Officer said: “Working with the first group of girls was hugely rewarding. We watched their confidence develop, new friendships form and by the end of the programme our budding young cyclists had definitely caught the cycling bug!

 

“I’m really looking forward to delivering this next phase of the PLATFORM project and to develop it into something that can potentially be community-led in the long term.”

 

The Council would love to hear from women and girl cyclists from across Fife that are interested in learning more about getting involved in the leadership and mentoring aspect of the project by emailing sportsdevelopment.enquiries@fife.gov.uk

 

PICS: Cllr Neil Crooks and Community Education Worker Linsey Neilson (left), Cycling Development Officer Kirsteen Torrance (right) celebrate the new funding with some local school children.

 

Kirsteen Torrance, Cycling Development Officer 
Tel: 01383 602393 Contact Kirsteen Torrance online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

Neil Crooks, Councillor 
Tel: 01592 572217 Contact Neil Crooks online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Active Fife Sports Development Team
Tel: 01383 602393 Contact Active Fife Sports Development Team online
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