1. 1 Forming Links Forming strong links between people and organisations will make mountain biking reach its full potential.

    Forming Links

    By forming links we can:
    • Reduce duplication and ensure the co-ordinate delivery of mountain biking.
    • Make the best use of resources available
    • Deliver an effective and satisfying experience for people
    • Ensure the smooth transition between the different stages of people’s mountain biking journey

    Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland is setting up regional Development Clusters to help in the establishment of these links

    The project believes links can exist at all levels, particularly between:

    Deliverers (e.g. community clubs, school clubs, cycling clubs, private providers and outdoor centres)
    Businesses (e.g bike shops, bike manufacturers, bike products)
    Public Agencies (national, regional, local)
    Facilities (e.g. community parks, trail centres)
    Media (national, regional and local, and cycling specific media)

    These groups should consider how they could combine or share resources to benefit people and mountain biking across Scotland.

    By doing so, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland believes we can increase the number of people riding, reduce costs through co-ordinated delivery and ensure facilities are available for people to use in their own time. For example, a school linking up with a local bike shop for ongoing maintenance and instructions on keeping bikes in good shape, can be essential for keeping costs down and equipment in good working order.

    To read more about development clusters – click here

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  2. 2 Roles and Responsibilities Clarifying what everyone needs to do…

    Roles & Responsibilities

    When working in partnership it is essential clear roles and responsibilities are established. Partnerships can often dissolve when one expects or assumes another partner will fulfil a certain role or roles, isn't completed to expectations.

    To establish these roles it is important communication is open, honest and all parties declare their own motivations for being involved. It is also important that partners are realistic and manage expectations.

    It can be beneficial to formalise agreements through a service level agreement (SLA). The creation of an SLA should ensure all partners are fully agreed about their specific role in a project and how it will aid the project's success.

    An example of an SLA can be downloaded by - clicking here

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  3. 3 Funding Working in partnership adds value to many projects and is likely to improve its effectiveness. These factors help to demonstrate that your project is delivering value for money which is attractive to potential funders.....

    Show me the money...

    Demonstrating your project is linking and adding value to other projects, as well as helping bridge gaps in the pathway, instead of operating in isolation, will make it more attractive to potential funders.

    For a comprehensive guide to applying for funding - click here

    To view potential funders of community organisations - click here

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  4. 4 Equipment Getting the right gear…

    Equipment

    Links between bike shops and deliverers can be beneficial to both parties. A potential barrier to delivering mountain biking sessions can be the cost of maintaining equipment. This can be overcome by establishing a maintenance plan or working together to deliver a course on basic bike maintenance.

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  5. 5 Programmes Using programmes to make the links easier....

    Programmes

    Links between deliverers can aid the development of participant’s skills as well as making it a better experience for themselves . An example of this may be a school club delivering Levels 1 & 2 of Go Mountain Bike, then ensuring the young people know what outdoor centres, cycling clubs and/or private deliverers are able to provide stages 3, 4 & 5. See Using GO MTB to Work in Partnership.

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  6. 6 Facilities/Environments Spreading the word…

    Facilities

    By working together and forming partnerships, we can help spread information on what facilities are suitable for different mountain biking abilities within a local or regional area.

    To see the existing promoted facilities - click here

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