Olympic Gold medal winning cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy today joined ScottishPower Renewables as the company announced its continued sponsorship of Scottish Cycling.
Now in its fourth year ScottishPower Renewables’ support of Scottish Cycling has assisted in the growth of youth cycling through events and initiatives across the country including the SuP6R Six, Youth Circuit, Criterium Series and the Regional Schools of Racing.
Designed to support the foundations of Scottish Cycling and help identify and nurture Scottish talent, these activities encourage cyclists of all ages to get more involved and receive expert coaching.
This year, ScottishPower Renewables’ investment will assist in extending these programmes, while enabling the identification and support of cyclists along development pathways and ultimately towards involvement in national squads.
Keith Anderson, director of ScottishPower Renewables – the UK’s largest onshore windfarm developer, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Scottish Cycling and helping them develop the cycling champions of the future.
“To know that our support has already nurtured young cyclists all along the performance pathway to national development squads is a great reward and we hope many other youngsters can following in their footsteps.”
Jackie Davidson from Scottish Cycling, added: “We are now seeing the impact of the support from SPR in the increased participation in our sport and in the achievements of young talented athletes at the highest level.
“We are convinced we will see some of these athletes on the podium in Glasgow 2014.”
Sir Chris Hoy said: “Supporting and developing young cyclists is key to ensuring we continue to be successful at all levels, and the work of Scottish Cycling and ScottishPower Renewables is crucial to making this happen.
“We are already seeing some of the results of their commitment to the sport and long may it continue.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- ScottishPower Renewables is currently co-developing the 500MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind project and is already the largest developer and generator of onshore wind energy in the UK, with Europe’s largest windfarm at Whitelee which was completed in May 2009.
- Over 8,000 people received coaching from Scottish Cycling in 2009
- 57 Regional Schools of Racing took place
- 22 cycling clubs are operating throughout the country
- 37 grass roots events with over 1200 competitors where held in 2009
For more information on Scottish Cycling visit www.scottishcycling.com