Junior coaching runs from April through to Early October, in three terms (coinciding with the school holidays). All sessions are held at Prince Henry’s Grammar School on a Friday evening. Times vary according to the time of year and light available.

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Coaching Aims
We are fortunate to live in a glorious part of the world, which has a rich heritage for cycling.  We want more people to take up cycling and the club’s continuing investment in coaching is designed to encourage and support more young people to ride their bikes. We aim to make cycling fun and create opportunities for more people to ride, by:Providing a safe and caring environment in which to develop and practice a wide range of cycling skills for recreation, fitness, fun, or just getting from A to B by bike safely and confidently
Being progressive, as riders’ skills and confidence increase, cycle coaching will provide new and exciting challenges and activities to match new ambitions

Being open, welcoming and encouraging to all riders, no matter what their experience, ability, or ambition
Identifying talent and providing performance development schemes where appropriate and in consultation with parents/carers.

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British Cycling & Otley Cycle Club

British Cycling is the National Governing Body for cycling in Great Britain, whose aim is to inspire participation in cycling as a sport, recreation and sustainable transport through achieving worldwide success. Our coaches are all British Cycling Level 2 qualified, supported by British Cycling and devise and lead safe, fun and challenging coaching sessions. They all have the necessary insurance, CRB checks, first aid training and experience.
Many of our coaches and helpers got involved after seeing their own children get into cycling at our coaching sessions and their reward is seeing lots of young people having fun on their bikes.

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Otley’s coaching programme is fun and progressive
Otley cycle coaching is child centred, with coaches considering young people’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs as they prepare and lead coaching activities appropriate for the stage of development of each child in their session. We encourage young riders to take responsibility for their own learning, as we want them to become less reliant on coaches and increasingly contribute to the success of their coaching sessions.

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Otley Cycle Club subscribes to British Cycling’s Long Term Rider Development Model, which explains the stages of development all athletes go through, whether they go onto become elite performers, or simply want to enjoy lifelong cycling. Our coaching focuses on the FUNdamentals stage, which provides activities across a variety of disciplines (from say road to track to mountain biking and Speedway) and emphasizes core cycling techniques (braking, cornering, setting off etc) through enjoyable games and activities that include basic bike-handling skills.


Coaching sessions often include a variety of short activities, with the aim of keeping children riding, as they practice and develop the skills they will need to ride, whether they want to a recreational rider, or choose to enter competitive cycle sport. In short, our coaches focus on the needs of young people and aim to ask, show and involve them, so that learning new skills is fun and puts their well being and long term development ahead of other considerations.

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The good care of your children is our number one priority

Otley Cycle Club is committed to ensuring your child has fun in a safe environment. The club has adopted British Cycling’s Code of Conduct  and aims to provide the highest levels of protection to children. In addition, all our coaches follow British Cycling regulations and have signed up to our Volunteer Agreement Form. The club’s Welfare Officers oversee our coaching programme and can be contacted if you have any questions or concerns.
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