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Cycle coaching course for youngsters in Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Road Club is re-introducing its successful coaching for youngsters scheme.

As a follow up to the Olympics, the local cycle club ran several coaching days at Stafford Rugby Club last year.

The sessions, for seven to 15 year olds are to restart at Rowley Park on Saturday, March 1, all part of the nationwide British Cycling ‘Go Ride’ initiative that has started the careers of many of today’s Olympic stars.

The coaches belong to Stafford RC, who have expanded their BC trained coaches thanks to a Sport England grant last year.

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As a result sessions will run from March 1 right through to October.

The fun starts on day one with a sign-on at 10.15am, finishing at 11.30am and weekly at the same venue.

“If my experience is anything to go by, youngsters thrive in this type of environment, gaining confidence in themselves as well as establishing skills for life and a good grounding in health and fitness,” said club coach Dave Smith the current World Masters sprint champion.

“Anything is possible for youngsters in cycling and giving them the opportunity to develop basic skills could lead them into a lifetime of happy leisure cycling or see them mount the podium at a future Olympic Games or World Championships.

“Some 12 years I was living down south and riding for Welwyn Wheelers and one of the youngsters in the Go Ride group was a certain Laura Trott!”

For full details, go to the Stafford RC website or contact Dave on src_coaching@icloud.com

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