19.01.16 - It’s just like Riding a Bike!

Grafham Water Centre is situated in the 2,400 acres of beautiful countryside surrounding Grafham Water Park`.

Grafham Water Park already offers a wide range of attractions for visitors, predominantly targeted towards fishing, watersports, nature and with over 10 miles of stunning cycle track around the waters edge. Grafham Water Centre is now set to benefit from major investment to create a compressed section of mountain bike trail thanks to funding from Mick George Ltd.

The trail is designed to develop safe riding and technical biking skills for users of all ages and levels. Experienced riders can take on the more challenging terrains while novices can learn in a safe and picturesque setting. Targeted towards both residential audiences and schools, colleges or youth groups, the development is looking to promote learning and life long skills in a healthy active manner away from traditional school environments.

Teresa Thorp, Head of Centre, Grafham Water Centre stated: “We are absolutely delighted to have successfully been awarded a grant from Mick George Ltd. The funds will support the development of a Mountain Bike skills course. This project will enable thousands of young people to practice their riding skills in a safe environment under the watchful eye of our qualified staff.  This facility will also be accessible to local communities to use in their leisure time.  Being able to ride a bike is a fundamental life skill, this bike track will ensure that we are able to sustainably support this vision in Cambridgeshire.”

The project will help to address ongoing concerns regarding inconsiderate cycling within nearby villages but also supports Huntingdon District Council Open Space strategy and Cambridgeshire County Council Health and Wellbeing strategy. Both initiatives seek to promote the use of parks, open spaces and outdoor sports facilities to improve health whilst empowering local communities to create a safe and vibrant surrounding.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Grafham Water attracts visitors from all over the country and Mick George Ltd are keen to support any activity that will enhance the life skills and health of individuals that use the facility.’’

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