All Preston Park Youth Cycling Club events are attended by at least one fully-qualified BCF coach. We believe that high-quality coaching plays a vital role in the development of young cyclists, and we are always striving to improve the quality and standard of our coaching.While many of the club members are focused on competitive events, the club also seeks to improve the standard of riders who are not interested in racing. Our Saturday morning club rides are open to young cyclists of all ages, abilities and interests. We try to cater for this wide range of interest and ability by dividing the club into smaller groups during our Saturday morning sessions, with some riders focusing on skills work and mountain biking, with others developing their speed and racing abilities.
Anthony is the club’s lead coach, and is a qualified BC Club Coach. As full-time geography teacher, he is experienced in dealing with and supporting young people. Occasionaly Anthony still likes to compete and enjoys track, road, and off-road riding. Since coaching at Preston Park he has gone on to qualify as a Level 2 track coach and is currently near completing his Level 3 track coach award. Anthony is also a Coach Educator for British Cycling which makes him part of the team that train new coaches.
Andy has been coaching at PPYCC for the last 10 years! He is a member of Brighton Mitre cycling club. He still races regularly at Preston Park track league and local road races. In his youth raced in elite level mountain events. He was British Cycling’s Go-Ride club volunteer of the year 2013 for the South East Region.
Tim qualified as a BC Level I coach in 2007 and has been coaching at PPYCC ever since. He started racing at the Preston Park track in 2008, is taking his Level II qualification currently and enjoys track, road and off-road riding.
Alison qualified as a BC Level 2 coach in 2012 following a couple of years as an assistant coach at PPYCC. She is also a National Standard cycling instructor, qualifying her to teach and award all 3 levels of Bikeability training, and is one of British Cycling’s Breeze Champions with a Level 1 Ride Leadership Award. She has recently qualified with CTC as a mountain bike trail leader and is about to take her British Cycling Level 2 mountain bike coaching qualification.
Charlie is a BC Level 1 coach currently taking his Level II qualification. Charlie grew up in the middle of nowhere (now known as Suffolk) and consequently became accustomed to cycling a long way, a lot of the time, from a very young age.
In addition to Anthony, Andy, Tim, Alison and Charlie the club is also supported by a number of assistant coaches and parents.
Parents or friends of club members are welcome to help out with coaching, especially if they have experience as cyclists or as coaches.