Young Riders - Courses for Leaders

Courses for Leaders

Youth Development – Training for Youth Leaders, Coaches and Helpers

The Club has established a fund to support Members with training that helps develop our youth cycling activities. Training options could include:

  • Coaching
  • Running youth activities
  • Teaching cycling / training regimes
  • First aid
  • Assisting and Leading group rides, on and off road
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Advanced coaching courses in a particular cycling discipline such as cyclo-cross or road racing.
  • Safeguarding and child protection

Most cycling courses advertised meet the National Cycle Training Standard. They have common course titles, levels and content no matter who is providing them. The list below is a selection of some of the most relevant British Cycling (BC) and Cycling UK (CUK) courses. Full details, dates and venues can be found at and Another provider is BikeRight!

How to apply for club funding

  1. Research and identify a course(s)
  2. Check whether any other external funding is available (British Cycling has a list – in particular women can apply for Breeze funding).
  3. E-mail [email protected]  with details and a sentence on how you will use the training.
  4. If approved, find a suitable date and venue, check any pre-course requirements eg use of computer, first aid, DBS check, then book on and pay.
  5. WSJCC will reimburse costs once club youth activity equivalent to a rate of £100 for 5 hours has been completed. This includes all aspects of assisting, organising and running our youth development.

Example Courses:

First Aid

The Club is looking to organise a tailored one day first aid course for our Members. As some cycling courses require first aid certification before you enrol you may need to find a local course. There are many providers on the internet though for more advanced First Aid Certificates, such as 2 Day Wilderness, they are less frequent.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Government’s DBS aims to help prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

WSJCC is developing a policy on DBS checking. If you would like to have a check British Cycling can do this. The cost is currently £6. This link takes you into a BC questionnaire to see if you need a DBS check, and then onto the check process itself

Many British Cycling courses have this as a pre-enrolment requirement.

Child Protection in Sport and Leisure

If you would like to learn more about Child Protection this on-line course is a good starter. It covers child development, identifying potential abuse and approaches to protection. There is an on-line assessment at the end of the course.

This module can be done through BC for £15 as long as you are a BC member (or affiliated). E-mail [email protected].uk to enquire.

Some of the BC courses include this module.

Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (BC)

If you are an experienced cyclist or ride leader, but are new to coaching, then this is a good first course that will enable you to devise and deliver youth and adult activities.  It shows how to make sessions fun and inclusive as well as how to improve techniques.

£300 and includes:

2 days away-day training

On-line modules

Coaching manuals

Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (BC)

Made up of practical activities, ensuring coaches have an opportunity to experience delivering and participating within coaching sessions. You will be required to independently plan and deliver six hours of coaching and therefore need riders to coach. For experienced teachers of cycling (eg Bikeability instructors or PE teachers), or ride leaders with youth coaching experience it may be possible to go straight to this level.

These courses require completion of the Level 2 Certificate in coaching:

Mountain Bike Coaching Award;
Road Coaching Award;
Cyclo-Cross Coaching Award;
Track Coaching Award.

Assistant Group Leader (CUK) – £125

Learn the basics of assisting with group rides in a non-technical environment. This course is an ideal introduction to leadership techniques for on-road ride leaders and could be used as a starter for assisting delivery of youth off-road sessions and on road rides.

Group Leader (CUK) – £125

Learn how to assess participants and boost their confidence
try different approaches to ride leading and route planning

Assistant Instructor – £295

Two-day training from expert tutors.
Cycle Training Resources to support your delivery
Level 1 and 2 Bikeability

National Standard Instructor (BS, BikeRight and CUK) – £495

Four-day training from expert tutors.
Training resources to support your delivery, including workbooks that can be used in the training environment.
Planning and delivering Level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability.