The centre – which is a joint initiative headed by Edinburgh Napier University and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland – has launched its annual Scottish Schools Innovation Competition this week.
It is asking both primary and secondary schools across Scotland to creatively tell them why they love to ride their bike in either a short film (up to 30 seconds) or a poster.
Developed after the success of last year’s competition which asked Tweed Valley primary school children to describe what a mountain bike would look like in 2020, the competition has expanded to include all children in Scotland and this year includes four different categories:
1) 30 second film – primary school
2) 30 second film – secondary school
3) A4 poster – primary school
4) A4 poster – secondary school
School children are being asked to be creative with their entries and to think of the benefits of riding their bike – from physical and mental health, to meeting friends and having fun.
Edinburgh Napier professor Geraint Florida-James and lead academic at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, said: “We really hope that this year’s entries will be as wild and wonderful as 2017. It is great to engage with children to encourage them to ride their bikes and show the different benefits that we all know are very important for our mental and physical health. Last year while judging the entries we all had grins from ear to ear and we’re hoping for more of the same this year.
“By using the vehicle of cycling, we also want to inspire children with knowledge of the various academic pathways that they can take to get a career in the cycling industry – from sports science and training the riders to engineering, designing bikes and textiles to make the clothing. There are so many ways that children can follow their passion and obtain a career in cycling.”
The competition forms part of the Centre’s continued support of TweedLove – the UK’s biggest bike festival – with Edinburgh Napier University the festival’s official education partner.
The University’s links with the festival does not stop there however, with its own Professor Geraint Florida-James and PhD student Lewis Kirkwood taking part in the British Enduro Championships being held at the festival this week in Peebles. Enduro is the biggest discipline in UK mountain bike racing and will be the main attraction in the headline weekend of activities for the festival.
The competition has been launched this week and will run until 31 July 2018. For those wishing to enter, full details can be found here
, including full terms and conditions and entry forms.