South Shields Velo Cycling Club Celebrate Achieving Go-Ride Clubmark Status


Joining a select group of cycling clubs across the country, South Shields Velo Cycling Club has 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 club development plans. Throughout the application process, South Shields Velo Cycling Club demonstrated an environment that ensures member welfare and promotes cycling as a lifelong sport.

First launched in 2014, South Shields Velo Cycling Club has a thriving membership. Coaches hold sessions at Gypsies Green Recreation Ground which offers young riders an ideal traffic free cycling venue, an opportunity to improve bike handling skills and a pathway into cycle sport.

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

“My congratulations go out to South Shields Velo Cycling Club on achieving Go-Ride Clubmark status. The coaches and volunteers work extremely hard to provide opportunities for young people to get involved in cycling, and I look forward to continue supporting them in the future as I’m sure that the club will go on to do even more great things."

Sessions at South Shields Velo Cycling Club run every Monday at 6.30pm and new riders are more than welcome to turn up and have a go. For further information please visit the club’s website:

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