Coach Education July Update

The following upcoming courses currently have places remaining on them:


Course: Level 2 (8 places remaining)

Dates: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September plus Saturday 9th December 2017

Full details, Prerequisites & Booking Link:

Venue: Longfield Academy, Longfield Road, Darlington, DL3 0HT


Course: Level 1 (15 places remaining)

Dates: Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th October plus 2017

Full details, Prerequisites & Booking Link:

Venue: Laurence Jackson School, Church Lane, Guisborough, TS14 6RD


Course: CAYV (9 places remaining)

Dates: Monday 23rd October 2017

Full details, Prerequisites & Booking Link:

Venue: The Hetton Centre, Welfare Rd, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton le Spring, DH5 9NE



North East Club Coaches Group

At the North East Club Coaches meeting on 29th June, we discussed the need and willingness to share information between clubs and coaches around the North East to help develop ourselves as coaches and cycling coaching in the region.


Below is a short message from Chris & George who have set up the new social media group:


This newly formed facebook group will be a closed group and only for people involved in delivering cycle coaching in the North East. This group can be utilized to enable ongoing communication,  share information such as event dates, session plans, challenges, success stories and organizing joint activities. In fact, anything that you feel will benefit fellow coaches.

Facebook is an incredibly useful tool but can cause issues if people don't use it properly.

We have therefore set some guidelines of use:

  • All content must be relevant to cycling and coaching in the North East
  • No negative or critical posts about fellow coaches or clubs
  • No misuse of the group for personal benefit
  • Members are accepted based on them actively coaching in the North East
  • Thoughts and Ideas are welcome
  • Feel free to add other club coaches you feel will contribute


Please note, a summary of discussions and update on actions resulting from the meeting has been provided on the group.



Hamsterley Trailblazers Celebrate Double Award

This weekend saw Hamsterley Trailblazers celebrate receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and achieve Go-Ride Clubmark Status

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. The committed club volunteers and members were presented with the prestigious award at Hamsterley Forest on Saturday. After the presentation, the club resumed their hard work to complete the new trail ‘K-Line’ taking them well into the evening, followed by an early start on the Sunday to host a race of the North East XC series.

Earlier in the week, and joining a select group of cycling clubs across the country, Hamsterley Trailblazers fulfilled the necessary criteria to achieve British Cycling’s Go-Ride Clubmark status and now holds this prestigious accreditation. Clubmark is a universally acknowledged cross sport scheme introduced by Sport England for community sports clubs, which recognises high standards in welfare, equity, coaching and club management.

Clubs are required to submit a portfolio of evidence to show that they meet the relevant criteria, including suitably qualified volunteers, regular coaching sessions and a robust club development plan. Throughout the application process, Hamsterley Trailblazers demonstrated an environment that ensures member welfare and promotes cycling as a lifelong sport.

Lorna Bennett, British Cycling Regional Development Manager for the North East said of the achievements:

“My congratulations go out to Hamsterley Trailblazers on achieving both of these awards in the same week. The coaches and volunteers work extremely hard to provide opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in cycling, and we look forward to continue supporting them in the future as I’m sure that the club will go on to do more great things."

Hamsterley Trailblazers run regular coaching sessions and new riders are more than welcome to turn up and have a go. For further information please visit the club’s social media page:

For more information on British Cycling’s Clubmark accreditation process, visit:



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