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Resumption of coaching sessions - the Government roadmap

posted 22 Feb 2021, 16:16 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 22 Feb 2021, 16:18 ]

You will be aware that the Government today announced its "roadmap" for easing lockdown restrictions. Full details are here.

The guidance states that from 29 March (the start of the Easter school holidays) "formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can also restart and will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies."

We are awaiting confirmation of any specific arrangements from British Cycling, but our current assumption is that we will resume coaching activities at the start of the Summer term, after the Easter holidays.

Our first sessions will therefore be:

  • Youth at Croydon Arena - Monday 19 April
  • Youth at Bromley College - Thursday 22 April
  • Mini, Mini Plus and Junior at Hayes School - Saturday 24 April

We will continue to require places to be pre-booked as there is limited capacity. We will publicise booking arrangements nearer the time.


These dates are subject to confirmation and may be amended.

All coaching sessions suspended during national lockdown

posted 6 Jan 2021, 03:11 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 6 Jan 2021, 03:29 ]

You will be aware that the government announced a new national lockdown on Monday 4 January. As a result British Cycling has suspended all sanctioned activities until further notice.

Unfortunately this means that we are unable to run any coaching sessions until the suspension is lifted. This is currently not likely to be until after February half term at the earliest. We will keep you informed as the ongoing situation evolves.

Under the new restrictions you are allowed to carry on riding your bike, but should only ride alone, with your household or one other person. British Cycling advises cyclists to stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient.

We really hope to see you all soon, but in the meantime stay safe and keep active.


Postponement of January sessions for two weeks

posted 1 Jan 2021, 09:46 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 1 Jan 2021, 10:19 ]

You will be aware that on Wednesday the government announced that all secondary schools will be closed for an additional two weeks in January, together with primary schools in areas with high Covid-19 transmission rates, including Bromley.

In the light of this we have taken the decision to postpone the start of all 2021 coaching sessions for at least two weeks.

This isn't a decision we've taken lightly, and it's certainly not the way we wanted to start the new year. However, with the high levels of transmission in the local area, our primary responsibility is the health and welfare of our young riders, their families, our volunteers and the wider Bromley community.

We hope to commence our coaching sessions in the week beginning Monday 18 January, to coincide with the return to school, but will update you as the situation evolves.

We know that this will be disappointing news, but we hope you understand that we have made the decision with everybody's best interests at heart.

In the meantime we encourage you to keep active, keep riding and stay safe.

Croydon Arena is back!

posted 30 Nov 2020, 09:18 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 30 Nov 2020, 09:43 ]

After months of uncertainty we are pleased to inform you that our Youth branch coaching sessions are returning to Croydon Arena on Monday evenings.

Mondays at Croydon Arena are road bike training sessions. The Arena is an excellent venue, with space for some really good cycling. You can expect a proper workout, perfect training for riders who participate in cycling as a sport, and great fun for those who want to improve their skills and fitness.

We have the Arena  booked on Monday 7 and 14 December, and sessions will resume after the Christmas break. Sessions run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
 
Please note that Croydon Arena is not suitable for mountain biking and riders should bring a road bike.

Croydon Arena is at Albert Road, South Norwood, Croydon, SE25 4QL – beware the vehicle height barrier at the car park entrance.



Pre-registration required

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all coaching sessions must be pre-booked, and there is limited capacity due to social distancing requirements. Book your place here: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthregistration

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.



Monday night off-road rides cancelled

The planned Monday night off-road rides (which had been arranged in place of the Arena sessions) will not now be held, although we will try to arrange some mountain bike sessions on other dates.

If you have pre-registered a place on either of the two planned off-road rides, your registration(s) will automatically be transferred to the Croydon Arena coaching sessions instead. If you don't wish to come along to the Croydon Arena session(s) please can we ask that you cancel your registration(s) by following the instructions below.



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.

Coaching activities to resume on Thursday 3 December

posted 30 Nov 2020, 09:00 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 30 Nov 2020, 09:43 ]

We are pleased to announce that coaching activities for all branches of the club will resume from Thursday 3 December.

All sessions for the remainder of 2020 are on the online calendar, and we have now re-opened pre-registration for all sessions up until the end of term.

Pre-registration will continue to be required for all sessions, and there is limited capacity due to social distancing requirements. Book your place here: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthregistration

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.

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 30 Nov 2020, 08:29 ]

Covid-19 guidelines and action plan

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.


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