Last weekend, Instructors from Merseyside ACF and Greater Manchester ACF, were joined by HQNW Colonel of Cadets, Colonel Ian Holmes, to undertake the Level 4 qualification of the MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme).
This level 4 qualification,which is awarded by MIAS, who is the National Governing body who regulates instructors within the Mountain Bike field, now enables the Instructors to deliver an approved course, test and award to cadets ages 15+ with an Assistant Mountain Bike Leader (Level 1).
Instructors from MACF have previously undertaken the Level 2 - Technical Terrain Qualification which enables them to take Cadets on technical terrain routes such as Delamere Forest or Llandegla (a mountain bike trials centre).
Added to this Merseyside ACF have recently procured mountain bikes for County use and have successfully been awarded a grant from ACFA to procure ancillaries such as helmets, gloves and other safety equipment. Mountain Biking, which will be delivered as part of the Adventure Training module, will also now align to the new Army Cadet Syllabus 21 which is being launched nationally and sees AT as a mandatory module in a cadets career.
Major Jay Vernon has said “I’m really grateful to Martin from MIAS for delivering the course for us at Altcar Training Camp, where our MACF HQ is based. Thanks also must go to the CFAVs whom have supported this project, helped turn an idea into a reality and enhanced their own knowledge and skills in order to enhance the cadet experience. I am very much looking forward to launching the mountain bike project within the County and enhancing the health and well-being of young people through mountain biking."
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