Taking a strategic approach to development and helping to increase co-ordination and spread good practice across Scotland.
Tayside & Fife cluster covers the Local Authority areas Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross.
It is undecided the exact area which the Central cluster will operate across.
The Highland cluster is spread across the geographic areas Cairngorm National Park and Local Authority areas Eilean Sair, Highland and Moray.
It is likely the cluster will include the Local Authority areas of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
Although it is undecided the cluster will cover the South of Scotland including the 7stanes.
Although still in its early stages the cluster has already resulted in some excellent projects.
The cluster plan has been developed by a partnership comprising national agencies, local authorities, community groups and representatives from the private sector.
This document identifies five specific ‘Focus Areas’: Attracting Visitors, Events, Facilities, Increasing Participation and Sports Development. The ‘Goal’ for each and the ‘Aims’ that all members have agreed they will contribute to achieving during 2011 -15.
The cluster plan is a working document and whilst all parties are working towards the outcomes within the plan, they will all be subject to the principles of economic and environmental sustainability, equality and ensuring local and national objectives are met.
With the Commonwealth Games trail on Cathkin Braes beginning development in 2012, the existing trail centres in Carron Valley and Callendar Estate - Falkirk, groundbreaking work in Cumbernauld and a host of developments in the pipeline. A cluster in Central Scotland offers a great opportunity to increase participation in mountain biking across the population base of Scotland.
The cluster hosted an open evening in April. Read the full report.
The Highland cluster is in its early stages with local partners, key strategic partners and businesses, agreeing the initial step should be to audit the provision currently available within the Highlands.
The cluster requires further representation from Eilean Sair and Moray.
Using this information and existing research we will identify potential gaps and a clear and concise action plan to maximise the benefits of mountain biking for the target areas suggested from the Framework: Increasing Participation, Tourism & Economic Development and Sporting Development & Success.
DMBinS is considering the appropriate timescale to launch a cluster in the Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland areas..
With the 7stanes, Drumlanrig, several excellent mountain biking clubs and high levels of school mountain bike activities the South is very mature in its mountain bike development.
DMBinS is considering the appropriate timescale to launch a cluster in the South.