Building a volunteer workforce for Track School’s future

It has been suggested that each club takes turn in organising the set-up, sign-on, bike shed,etc. & whilst this sounds ideal smaller clubs will not have the manpower to do this at Welwyn so it will still need to be a co-operative.

Therefore, I am suggesting, as one of the older participating clubs with manpower available, that Colchester Rovers take the lead for these aspects for the remaining sessions in Block 2 & Block 3. Parents from other clubs are expected to step forward to help them & learn the ropes to build a stronger & more robust volunteer support team for the future.

When we move back indoors for the winter there is much less to do & requires fewer bodies so the less well represented clubs can contribute more easily.

I hope this is satisfactory for everyone & if so who is taking the lead please?

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Track School Official Tabards

To help everyone identify official helpers at Track School sessions & promote who we are, particualrly at Lee Valley velodrome, we now have our very own tabards.

These are for be worn by anyone who is not a track coach, i.e. L2 coaches, holders, gate monitors, lap board/bell assistants, bike shed ‘boys’, signing-on, etc.

MASSIVE THANKS to Justine Knight

The first Track School sessions started out back in 2012 & Justine stepped up to be its central co-ordinator in Feb 2013.

Each session in the early days were a steep learning curve & we take for granted many of things that are now in place making things look so smooth. A few of these things include the setting up & administering of the Facebook page, procedures for club co-ordinators, signing-on & bike hire processes, reconciliation of session fees & chasing coaches regarding their availability to mention but a few.

Justine’s energy & professionalism that she has brought to this role has been unwavering & she has given up so much of her time to ensure that others have a great experience at Track School.

It is, therefore, with great sadness that she is now stepping down from this role. She will of course continue to be at Track School with her family.

I’m sure you will all want to say how grateful you are for the many hours that she has given so freely to us all & helping to make Track School what it is today.

THANK YOU!!!

Google Survey Results

Here’s a snapshot of the Google Survey Results

RIDERS

• 7 = Sign on @ 7.10am

• 14 = sign on @8.10am (mainly Amber)

• 20 = either option

COACHES

• NO coaches specifically choose 7.10am

• 4 coaches = 8.10am

• 4 coaches = either time

I’ll let you know the verdict very soon.

Rider Route – Great Britain Cycling Team

You may have seen an A5 white booklet called ‘Rider Route’ which contains information about Regionals Schools of Racing, Apprentices & Junior Academy which come under some of the the 3 keys stages; Foundation, Academy & Podium. It also includes some interesting facts & figures such as top cadence for Becky James is 200rpm & the number of disciplines podium riders did as youth riders too.

Now you can access this information online at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/riderroute

Rider Route – Great Britain Cycling Team

You may have seen an A5 white booklet called ‘Rider Route’ which contains information about Regionals Schools of Racing, Apprentices & Junior Academy which come under some of the the 3 keys stages; Foundation, Academy & Podium. It also includes some interesting facts & figures such as top cadence for Becky James is 200rpm & the number of disciplines podium riders did as youth riders too.

Now you can access this information online at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/riderroute

WE MUST GET TO THE GREEN GROUP

There are an increasing number of parents & riders who think the end goal in Track School is getting into the Green group. We need to dispel this myth because IT IS NOT! Group names merely facilitate session organisation.

The groups have been put in place to ensure that riders learn, practice & develop their techniques & skills at a pace that is relevant to them as an individual & the boundaries are not set in stone. If riders are technically, physically & mentally ready for the next group then they will be moved into it. Riders can move between groups depending upon;

1. What type of session is being run?

2. Where is it being held?

3. Who else is attending?

Riders need to be confident in what they are doing. It is not about who can go the fastest or does the most races. Don’t compare yourself/your child to another rider. Look at what needs to be improved to be a better rider because that is more important. There are no short cuts even for champions. It’s all about hard work hard.

Please also bear in mind the considerable amount of time & effort taken by the coaches in deciding which group is appropriate for every rider at every session & the amount of administration done by Justine to facilitate this. It’s not an easy task & can be quite emotive for all involved. There’s always a bigger picture to consider too.

Thank you.