Monday, 9 February 2015
MTB Skills Clinics joins ‘1% for Trails’ programme to support Trail Fund NZ
Trail Fund NZ is thrilled to have MTB Skills Clinics – New Zealand’s most comprehensive off-road skills programme – join the ‘1% for Trails’ programme. As a 1% sponsor, MTB Skills Clinics will donate 1% of all revenue from sales to Trail Fund NZ, who use the funds to support the development and maintenance of publicly accessible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable mountain bike trails around New Zealand.
“We’re proud to become an official Trail Fund NZ sponsor,” says MTB Skills Clinics’ Chris Mildon, whose been riding all manner of bikes from a very young age. He’s been a sustainable trails supporter and advocate for years, and feels this sponsorship is a natural fit for the company.
“MTB Skills Clinics co-founder James Dodds, known as Dodzy, developed the programme to share the joy that riding a mountain bike with confidence can offer, but he was also a keen trail builder who strongly advocated for better trail development across the country. MTB Skills Clinics supported Trail Fund NZ in its establishment phase, and joining the ‘1% for Trails’ programme is also a way to continue Dodzy’s legacy.”
Giving back to the mountain bike community is important to MTB Skills Clinics’ coaches across the country.
“We’ve had coaches running skills clinics in most main centres around New Zealand since 2004, and all of them are strongly linked in with their own local and regional communities,” says Chris. “They contribute to mountain biking in many ways, including trail development.
“Having access to good quality and sustainable trails is essential to our mission, which is to help mountain bikers across the country experience the joys of off-road riding. We’ve had more than 4,000 riders attend our courses, and freely accessible riding resources are an important part of the picture for these riders and the fast-growing mountain bike community.
“Joining ‘1% for Trails’ is a great opportunity to support the wonderful work that is being done for all off-road riders across NZ via Trail Fund.”
It’s through the generous support of sponsors like MTB Skills Clinics that Trail Fund NZ has provided grants for 47 volunteer-led trail projects across New Zealand since it was founded in 2012.
“We’re very pleased to have MTB Skills Clinics join the ‘1% for Trails’ programme, and are grateful for their continued support of trails around New Zealand,” said Trail Fund NZ chairperson Ben Wilde.
“This type of long-term commitment to supporting mountain bike trails is exactly the sort of financial support we need to keep our sport moving forward.”
For more information, please contact:
Ben Wilde – Trail Fund NZ chairperson
Chris Mildon – MTB Skills Clinics