Our Junior coaching runs from April to July and then again during September. There are three blocks of sessions coinciding with Leeds school holidays, April to half term then after half term to the end of the school year and during September. All sessions are held at Prince Henry’s Grammar School on a Friday evening. Coaching is open twice a year, April for the first two blocks and September for the last block, an email will be sent out 2-3 weeks ahead of the first session which is the first Friday back at school. It is only possible to register once the e-mail has gone out with a link to the correct forms for those sessions, full instructions on how to register will be included in the e-mail. The sessions are very popular and are filled on a first come first served basis. If you would like to be notified when coaching is open for new riders you MUST be on the mailing list as places fill VERY quickly. Unfortunately, we don’t allow pre-registration, hold places or operate a waiting list.
The cost of coaching is £20 per block of sessions (4 to 7 weeks per block) for non-club members and £15 for members. Club membership for juniors is £5 so if you are wanting to come for more than one block it’s beneficial to join the club at the same time. The session times are *6:30 – 7:30, riders need to turn up at 6:15 to allow time for sign on and bike check prior to the session start. (*Times get earlier and sessions shorter later in the year depending on daylight).
We have six different groups based on age and ability. The younger groups work on core skills whilst the older groups look at discipline specific mountain or road bike skills and techniques.
A guide of the groups is as follows:
Blue 1 – Age 4/5/6 beginners that can pedal without stabilisers.
Blue 2 – Age 5/6 Improving core skills.
Red 1 & 2 – Age 7/8/9 (minimum 20″ wheel) advancing core skills, using harder terrains or courses.
Green MTB – Mountain bike specific skills – minimum 24″ wheel mountain bike & minimum 9 years old. This group often leaves PHGS and heads to Wharfemeadows Park to get a better mountain bike environment.
Green Road – Road bike specific skills – minimum 24″ wheel road bike & minimum 9 years old. This group can often cycle up to 10 miles during a session, fitness & stamina are important.
Our team of coaches will help each child find the right group for them, the above is a guide as all riders are different. Some evenings we have extra coaches so can split the groups into smaller numbers to get a better coaching experience for the riders or work with a group of riders that need extra help with a certain skill.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list or for further information, thank you.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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