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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:


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.