Club receives British Cycling's Clubmark Accreditation

Clubmark 2016

The club have recently celebrated being awarded its latest clubmark accreditation from British Cycling in recognition of the high standard in which the club conducts and runs itself in the promotion and support for young people into our sport.

The club first gained clubmark status shortly after being set up in 2005 and have maintained the required standards needed for reaccreditation every 4 years, the scheme which incorporates Sport England's cross sport accreditation programme for clubs with Junior sections recognising that the club observes best practices in child protection,coaching & competition, Equity and sport management.

Club officials have spent the autumn reviewing the clubs protocols and whilst a shortened renewal option was available for the club we felt it was even better to go through the complete process from beginning ensuring that we continue to improve our own process even further.

Jeff Coast, Club chair, had this to say on receiving the accreditation -"The club has always looked to set high standards and continually improve in everything we do both on and off the bike, clubmark for us is no different. Even though the programme is set up for junior clubs we've have used it to take a good long hard look at ourselves as a club and implement a number of these throughout the club as a whole. Because of this I believe we've become an even more welcoming and inviting club for everyone, regardless of Age, Ability or gender." 

The award which was received in December rounds out another fantastic year for the club which has seen us grow both on and off the bike, The year started with club coach, Steve Marshal recognised as Regional Volunteer of the Year in March from British Cycling. The club has continued to grow membership at all levels and is working hard to close the gender gap, which has seen a a 10% increase in female membership over the last year.
The club's ethos has also seen us increase the number of riders with a disability with riders traveling over 50 miles to join our sessions.

"The Accreditation is an important part in our plans for the future as we continue to take the club to new levels and break new ground." Said Clubs Development Officer, Dan Coast.
"Weve got big ambitious plans over the next few years which have already started to take shape already, Our first National Paracycling title brought home by Krispin Gardiner has inspired the club to look to increase the provision and support we can offer local Paracyclists. The recent relaunch of our Junior Team sees our provision of support to "older" riders continue at one end of the spectrum whilst at the other end the Go-Ride membership package we offer has seen younger children come and join us and are developing at a great rate.
Female membership is on the rise and were looking at developing a pool of female coaches in the club to help and inspire more women to join the club, who knows where this would next lead too?" 

Click here to find out more about the British Cycling Clubmark Programme 

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