Scottish Power has made a six-figure investment in youth cycling in Scotland and has also been named today as official partner of Scottish Cycling. The investment, which is the largest ever made in the sport north of the border, will be used to develop Scottish talent as well as being spent on improvements to outdoor facilities.
The new deal announced today marks a continuation of Scottish Power’s backing of youth cycling in Scotland, with its Scottish Power Renewables arm having begun its association with Scottish Cycling in 2008 with an initial investment of £65,000.
The energy company will also lend its name to the country’s National Youth Racing Series, participated in by riders aged eight to 16, and the announcement comes as Glasgow prepares to stage next year’s Commonwealth Games, with new venue the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome having already hosted some top class events including a round of the UCI Track World Cup.
Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer of ScottishPower, commented: “We hope our commitment to cycling in Scotland will help to inspire a new generation of riders following a tremendous Olympic Games in London and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in our hometown of Glasgow.
“Cycling can play a huge part in leading a healthy, active and greener lifestyle, so in addition to supporting the best young riders in the country, we’re already looking at ways to help get more people, of all ages, outside and having fun on their bikes.”
Scottish Cycling’s chief executive, Craig Burn, said: “Today’s announcement is a significant boost to the sport of cycling in Scotland.
“The ScottishPower National Youth Racing Series will enable our best young riders compete against each other on a regular basis and our development officer will be able to support event organisers and volunteers to put on the highest quality competition opportunities for youngsters throughout the season.
“Not only that, but the commitment from ScottishPower to help us improve outdoor facilities and encourage people of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes is very encouraging.
“Scottish Cycling is looking forward to working with such a proactive partner in the years ahead.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.