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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.

Bigfoot Youth activities and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted 13 Mar 2020, 08:47 by Phil Shemmings

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

At the present time, whilst schools remain open, and following the guidance given to us by British Cycling and the government, all sessions will go ahead as usual. We are reviewing the situation regularly and if the official advice changes we will update users via our social media channels.

British Cycling's current position is that being fit and healthy is an important deterrent to the risk of any infection. They state: "As long as you follow all the relevant advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, we would still encourage you to look after your health by getting active and getting out on a bike."

However, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please do not attend any Bigfoot Youth activities if:

  • Your child or anyone in your household has recently travelled from one of the zones with widespread cases of the virus.
  • Your child or anyone in your household is feeling unwell in any way, having breathing problems or has a fever.

If your child or anyone in your household has a new, continuous cough or high temperature the latest government advice is to self-isolate for seven days.

While taking part in our activities please ask your child to:

  • avoid close contact with other people (shaking hands, etc.)
  • wash their hands with soap and water if they use the toilet
  • only touch their own bike
  • dispose of used tissues in waste bins straight away
  • cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve if they cough or sneeze.


For regular updates from the UK government, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Youth coaching sessions cancelled - 9 and 16 March

posted 3 Mar 2020, 01:44 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth sessions at Croydon Arena on Monday 9 March and Monday 16 March because of a backlog of football matches.

Keep a close eye on newsletters for possible alternative arrangements.

Mountain bike coaching session at Herne Hill: Saturday 18 April

posted 25 Feb 2020, 13:04 by Phil Shemmings

On Saturday 18 April we've booked the mountain bike trails at Herne Hill Velodrome for some bonus coaching sessions for our club members.

These sessions are open to all club riders, including Mini, Junior and Youth section members.

There's no need to book, just turn up and ride!


This session replaces the one cancelled in February due to bad weather.


Where

Herne Hill Velodrome: 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE, limited parking available on site, otherwise on
surrounding streets.

When

Saturday 18 April 2020.  Arrival and Register 1:45pm, riding from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Full details in the information sheet below.

Youth coaching session cancelled Monday 24 February

posted 20 Feb 2020, 11:02 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth session at Croydon Arena on Monday 24 February because of a football match.

However, to make up for it we've arranged an additional session on Monday 6 April.

CANCELLED: Mountain bike coaching session at Herne Hill: Saturday 15 February

posted 12 Feb 2020, 08:11 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 15 Feb 2020, 04:24 ]

Session CANCELLED due to severe weather warning.

Apologies for the late notice, but we've only just been told by the venue.


On Saturday 15 February we've booked the mountain bike trails at Herne Hill Velodrome for some bonus coaching sessions for our club members.

These sessions are open to all club riders, including Mini, Junior and Youth section members.

There's no need to book, just turn up and ride!


Where
Herne Hill Velodrome: 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE, limited parking available on site, otherwise on
surrounding streets.

When

Saturday 15 February 2020.  Arrival and Register 1:45pm, riding from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Full details in the information sheet below.

Go-Ride Racing CANCELLED Sunday 9 February

posted 8 Feb 2020, 01:16 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 8 Feb 2020, 01:16 ]

We have been informed that the South London Go-Ride Racing League event at Croydon Arena has been cancelled tomorrow (Sunday 9 February) due to the amber weather warning and forecast high winds. As this is a novice racing event, it was decided that Storm Ciara posed too great a risk to the safety of riders.

The organisers will try to reschedule to race for another date.

Youth coaching session cancelled Monday 10 February

posted 6 Feb 2020, 00:56 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth session at Croydon Arena on Monday 10 February because of a football match. However, we've arranged an additional session in half term week to make up for it.

Additional session session Monday 17 February

To make up for the cancellation of the session on 10 February, we have arranged an additional session at Croydon Arena on Monday 17 February at the usual time.

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