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Club AGM - Agenda and more details

posted 23 Sept 2020, 06:11 by Phil Shemmings

Annual Club Meeting 21st October 2020

This is your chance to find out what our Club has been up to and what it plans for the future, to discuss these plans and to have your say. It is important for the Club that lots of people attend as we want to hear from as many people involved in the Club as possible.
 
Where and when? 

The meeting will be held as a Zoom meeting (joining details to follow nearer the time) 7:00 to 8:00pm. Full details are contained in the attached Agenda. Also attached are the minutes of last year’s Annual Club Meeting.
 
Who can come to the meeting? 

Any and all of our Young Riders, their Parents / Carers and our Adult Volunteers (Helpers, Coaches, Welfare Officers etc) are all welcome and encouraged to come.
 
A little bit of helpful background to our club structure and the agenda:

  • The Club is run by our Company – Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd. This company is non-profit making and run by unpaid volunteers. The Members and Directors of this Company are Jo Neath, Sandra Eder, Stephen Peate and Adam Shepherd.
  • As a Company we are keen to hear from anyone involved with or participating in the Club's activities to help in steering what we do, so please come to the meeting.
  • We are also keen to get the support and help of people involved in the Club. To that end we would like to have Youth, Parent and Coach Representatives at our management meetings (usually 10 meetings per year, or come to as many as you can attend, free tea and coffee, Covid 19 permitting! Currently we are meeting via Zoom). If you would like to find out more please contact Adam.
  • This year it is proposed that the Company will continue with Jo Neath, Sandra Eder, Stephen Peate and Adam Shepherd as Members and Directors. However we are also very happy to consider having others as Members of the Company, some of whom can also become Directors if they wish. If you would like to find out more please contact Adam.
  • If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like something raised please contact Adam.
  • Adam can be contacted at adam@bigfootcc.co.uk


Covid-19

posted 10 Sept 2020, 05:25 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 24 Nov 2020, 01:28 ]

UPDATE 04/11/20: British Cycling has confirmed that the new national Covid restrictions mean that we must suspend all club coaching activities and events until Thursday 3 December.


Covid-19 guidelines and action plan

Bigfoot Youth is resuming coaching sessions following a long break during lockdown. We have assessed our activities and venues alongside official guidance issued by British Cycling (which can be downloaded below) and Sport England. 

In the documents below we set out our guidelines to ensure the safe delivery of our activities.

The aim of this guidance is to keep us all safe from the transmission of Covid-19 and we ask all our riders, parents and volunteers to respect and positively engage with the requirements set out in this document. We recognise that this is a new situation for all of us, and we are keen to refine our approach as new guidance is issued, and in response to suggestions from riders, parents and volunteers. These documents will be updated to reflect any such changes.


Pre-registration for coaching sessions


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, pre-registration is required for all Mini, Junior and Youth coaching sessions. There is limited capacity at all sessions due to social distancing requirements.

You can pre-register for coaching sessions on the British Cycling website:



We are only opening up the sessions one week at a time, and we aim to open the pre-registration each weekend for the following week's sessions.

We won't be sending a reminder email each week, so please check the link above to book forthcoming sessions.

Sessions are free of charge this term, but numbers are strictly limited, and pre-registration is required. You must be a club member with up-to-date British Cycling membership to book a place.

If you have not booked please do not turn up on the day as unfortunately you will not be allowed to take part.

Registration for each session will close the evening before the session to allow us time to prepare our attendance registers.


Cancelling your pre-registration


If you have pre-registered a place at a coaching session but can no longer attend, please remember to cancel your registration to free up the place for another club member. Follow these simple steps:


2. Find the session you can no longer attend. If you are booked on the session and logged into your child's British Cycling account it will say "I'm In" next to the session.
 
3.To cancel your registration, click on the X next to "I'm in", then click CONFIRM on the dialogue box. You will receive a confirmation email.


Resuming Bigfoot Youth coaching sessions

posted 7 Sept 2020, 10:03 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 8 Sept 2020, 12:07 ]

We're delighted to announce that we are resuming our coaching sessions from next weekend.

All sessions must be booked in advance, and you may only attend a session if you have booked a place. Full details are set out below.

The first sessions for this term will be as follows:

Saturday 12 September at Hayes Primary School
  • 9:00 to 10:00       Mini session
  • 10:00 to 11:00    Mini+ session
  • 10:00 to 12:00    Junior session

Thursday 17 September at Bromley College
  • 18:30 to 20:30    Youth session

Based on guidance supplied by British Cycling we are implementing a range of procedures so that we can deliver safe and effective coaching sessions. Things will obviously be a bit different from what we were all used to, and we are depending on your cooperation and understanding to make this work.

General guidelines


All sessions must be booked in advance, and you may only attend a session if you have booked a place. This is to enable us to limit the number of attendees to the legally-allowed maximum, and to help us deal with any subsequent track and trace requirements. Details of how to book are set out below.

Our coaching sessions will be sub-divided into groups of "rider bubbles". As far as practicable each rider bubble will contain the same members and the same coaches for all sessions during the term. During the coaching sessions it is important that riders do not mix with those from any of the other "rider bubbles".

All riders will be met and briefed before entering the coaching venue (at Hayes school we will meet you on the driveway near the shelter). Please do not enter the venue until you have been checked in and have been told which group you are in and where your group's meeting point within the venue is.

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you must not come to a session and should stay at home.

Every rider must maintain social distancing of 2m, or 1m when riding (provided mitigations such as avoidance of direct face-to-face contact are possible).

All riders should have their drink, snack, hand sanitiser and all clothing with them. Riders will have their break in their "rider bubbles" and will not be permitted to return to the playground shelter to collect any items.

Riders who need the toilet must not enter if another rider's bike is parked outside. Riders must maintain social distancing while entering or leaving the toilet.

Riders should only touch their own bike and avoid touching any coaching equipment.

Parents and carers should not congregate to watch. Any watching should be done while appropriately social distancing.

Due to the limits on numbers and the need for riders to be British Cycling members we regret that at the current time we are unable to allow siblings on balance bikes to join in with sessions.
 

Booking sessions


Our sessions can be booked on the calendar tab on the Bigfoot Youth club page on the British Cycling website:


or



Some things to note:
 
All sessions are free of charge this term, but can only be booked by Bigfoot Youth CC club members whose British Cycling membership is up to date.

There is a limit on the number of riders that can attend each session. The legal maximum number at any session is 30 people, including coaches. The number of riders we can accommodate will therefore always be fewer than 30, and may vary according to the number of coaches available.

All spaces will be booked on a first come first served basis. Please do not book a place unless you are definitely planning to attend. If your circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend a session you must cancel your place (you can do this online on the booking system).

Please make sure you book the correct session - if you book the wrong session you will not be able to attend the correct session if that is fully booked.

While we get used to the new way of working, sessions for the following Saturday onwards will be posted weekly on a Sunday or Monday, and we will confirm by email newsletter when the sessions are open for booking.

We will review the booking arrangements throughout the autumn term to make sure that it is working fairly. Obviously this is a new way of working for us, and we would welcome your feedback and suggestions.


Autumn Term activities and fees

posted 24 Aug 2020, 11:12 by Phil Shemmings

At the present time none of our coaching venues are taking bookings due to the Covid pandemic. 

Unfortunately we can't be certain when we will be able to resume activities at these venues. We are continuing to try our best to secure our return to these venues. We have carryied out risk assessments not only to satisfy the venues, but also to ensure that we can run club coaching activities in a safe manner that is compliant with British Cycling and Government guidance.
 
In the meantime we are also looking at other possible venues for club activities, so please keep a close eye on the website and newsletters.
 
This year has of course been far from ideal for our keen young cyclists – we stopped the spring term activities two or three weeks before the end of term, had no club activities in the summer term and are now looking to have a rather disrupted autumn term with uncertainties over what we can do, when and where. 

As a result the club has decided that we will not be charging any coaching session fees for this autumn term – however we ask that you ensure your membership of British Cycling is paid and up to date.

Saturday Afternoon Junior Club - important announcement

posted 24 Aug 2020, 11:08 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 24 Aug 2020, 11:08 ]

It with regret that we have to inform you that we are closing our Saturday afternoon club with immediate effect. We have taken this difficult decision because we simply do not have enough volunteer coaches to keep it running. 

The options for our young riders who were hoping to be in the Saturday afternoon club for this school year are:
  • some Saturday afternoon riders will anyway be moving to our Youth section, as they are starting secondary school.
  • for others you may transfer and join the Saturday morning club coaching sessions (10am to 12noon), you will be given priority over any new recruits for that club section. If this is of interest please contact Adam in the next 3 weeks on adam@bigfootcc.co.uk to find out more.

We appreciate that for some it will not be possible to move to club sessions on a Saturday morning. These riders can become an Affiliate Members. This membership is aimed at those who can not attend coaching sessions. It is free of charge, and although there is no access to regular coaching sessions it enables you to participate in any other activities put on by the club (such as outings and ad-hoc training sessions. You will still need to pay for and have British Cycling Race Silver membership.  If this is of interest, or to find out more, please contact Adam in the next 3 weeks on adam@bigfootcc.co.uk who will be able to help.


Club AGM - 21 October 2020

posted 24 Aug 2020, 10:41 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 24 Aug 2020, 11:02 ]

Our club AGM will be held this year on Wednesday 21 October at 7pm. Due to Covid 19 the AGM will be held as a Zoom meeting – more details will follow nearer the time. 

Please keep this date free in your diary – this is an important meeting for reviewing the past year, looking forward to the year ahead and voting for club officials (all are voluntary posts). Opportunities will be provided for those attending to raise comments, questions and suggestions.


A new club chair and new volunteers are needed

Club chair: A big thank you to Stephen Peate who has been club Chair in recent years (and has been and continues to be one of our coaches). Stephen is standing down from the position of Chair at the AGM in October. If anyone is interested in considering becoming our Chair please contact info@bigfootyouth.cc to find out more. The role is not over-demanding as you will be part of a team running the club.

Club vice-chair: We think it would be useful to have someone in this role as well to help with the running of the club – and as a new club position you can be involved in establishing it’s role! If anyone is interested please contact Adam at adam@bigfootcc.co.uk to discuss.

Club committee members: We would also value one or two more people to join our committee, to muck in and help out a bit – but also it is good for our club to have new people with fresh ideas and new perspectives! If anyone is interested please again contact Adam to discuss.

Volunteer coaches and helpers always needed: The club is totally run by volunteers, most of whom come from the parents / carers of our young riders. Without this input there will be no club. Each year a number of volunteers will move on and we need to replace them with new volunteers. In particular we need new volunteer coaches, but there are lots of other ways you can help too! It is a very rewarding volunteer activity, knowing you are helping to keep kids enjoying the healthy pursuit of cycling. If anyone is interested please again contact Adam to discuss.


Bedgebury trip for Youth section riders

posted 17 Aug 2020, 04:13 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 17 Aug 2020, 04:32 ]

Please note that this event is open to Youth section riders only, and to those Junior riders due to join the Youth section in September. 

The Jack Petchey Foundation has generously provided £500 to support our Youth members with some fun activity this summer in these otherwise troubling times.
 
So we have arranged a Youth off road ride at Bedgebury on Sunday 13 September. We will use the donation to pay for all your parking costs and will treat all our young riders to food and drink at Bedgebury at the end of the ride. Any spare money will go to fund extra club bike lights. Full details are in the information sheet.
 
Please register if you're coming
There is no limit to the number of Youth section riders and their parents / carers who can come. But to help us know numbers and to help with any possible test and trace needs please click on the link below and enter details of all adults and young riders who will be riding: https://form.jotform.com/202291643324348

A few more details
These will be rides in the woods, as such we are required to adhere to British Cycling’s rules for rides that along with social distancing and hygiene also requires each group to have no more than 6 riders. These rides must fully meet the rules and guidance for our ‘Go Riding’ rides – please go to www.bigfootgoriding.org and on the home page make sure you read all the rules and guidance in the ‘everything you need to know’ section.

You will need to organise yourself in to groups each with at least 2 adults. For parents / carers who are unable to ride with their young rider you will need to contact Adam well in advance of the ride and we will see if we can arrange adult support for you.

Planning for a fresh start in September

posted 29 Jun 2020, 13:47 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 29 Jun 2020, 13:47 ]

You may be aware that British Cycling last week published "The Way Forward" - the next step in its plan to resume all sanctioned cycling activities in England.

British Cycling has given permission for coaching and group activity to start again, provided certain conditions are met. For our club this would mean:
  • coaching in groups no larger than five riders to each coach (six people in total)
  • maintaining complete separation between each group of six for the entire session
  • no close riding, or contact
  • parents remaining on site to deal with bike problems, administer first aid and ensure segregation of personal property 
  • the club would need to provide hand sanitiser and masks for each volunteer
  • we would not be able to lend bikes and equipment
The club Directors have carefully considered whether we can meet these conditions with the resources we have available. Given that there are now just two weekends of coaching sessions before the end of term we have decided that we will not start coaching sessions again until September. This of course will be subject to us being confident that we can deliver sessions safely and effectively. 

To compensate you for the cancelled Spring term sessions that had been paid for in January, the Autumn 2020 term will be free of charge to all members. More information will be sent out nearer the time.

We know that this will be disappointing news for many of you, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and parents for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

UPDATE: Bigfoot Youth activities suspended until 4 July

posted 17 Mar 2020, 06:34 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 28 May 2020, 14:26 ]

We are writing to keep you updated about Bigfoot Youth activities in the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

British Cycling today announced that it has extended its suspension all of its sanctioned cycling activities until 4 July.

British Cycling's recommendation to all clubs is that no organised activity (including rides, training, coaching, events) should take place during this period, in line with government advice on social gatherings and non-essential travel.

Full details can be found on the British Cycling website.

As a result we are extending our suspension of all club activities until 4 July in line with British Cycling's decision.


Monday's session at Panagua Bikes postponed

posted 14 Mar 2020, 09:38 by Phil Shemmings

Due to the ongoing and rapidly developing coronavirus situation we have decided to postpone the bike maintenance and nutrition session that was due to be hosted by Panagua Bikes on Monday 16 March.

Based on current public health advice we felt that we should not host a "hands on" activity in a relatively confined space.

This was in place of our usual Monday session at Croydon Arena, which itself had been cancelled due to a football match.

There will therefore be no Youth activity on Monday.

All other cycling-based sessions will continue to be held. However, we are monitoring the situation very closely and following advice from British Cycling and the government. Please keep an eye on our website, online calendar and newsletters for further updates.

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