… and help us build a fantastic bike pump track and outdoor gym for the whole community at Kingussie High School.

Cycle Friendly Kingussie and Kingussie High Schoolare delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the ‪#‎bagsofhelp‬ scheme from those lovely people at Tesco. We are going to be building a bike “pump track” and outdoor gym at the High School for the use by the whole community and our visitors.

Kingussie High School, who recently achieved the Cycle Friendly Schools Award, will host this exciting new facility which will be available for the whole community and is particularly aimed at giving young folk in the area somewhere to get active, acquire new skills and build confidence.

The scheme is guaranteed £8,000 but this could be £10,000 or £12,000 depending on the outcome of a public vote which Tesco shoppers in Aviemore can take part in from 27th February to the 6th March, as three successful projects in the Strath go head to head to see how much they get. With £30,000 guaranteed to be invested in local community projects though everybody is a winner

Ollie Bray, Head Teacher, Kingussie High School said today

“We are absolutely delighted that this scheme can now become a reality, we have been promoting cycling as part of our curriculum for some time now. Our pupils are already working with Primary School children to teach them to use balance bikes. Having this fantastic facility at the High School, at the heart of our community, will ensure that it is available to young people from all over Strath. If the public gets behind us and votes for the project then the additional funding will help us to add additional features to the track and gym as well as helping volunteer pupils and members of the community so they can deliver mountain biking and outdoor gym sessions.”

Tesco has teamed up with greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Rona Strivens, the Straths very own mountain bike super star and ex Kingussie High pupil said

“This is a brilliant initiative and I cannot wait to try it out. To give pupils at the school and folk in the wider community access to this facility is fantastic and will hopefully encourage more young people to get out on their bikes. I only wish the school had this when I was there!”

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