About the club
Bigfoot Youth CC was formed in 2009 when it was initially called Bigfoot Go-Ride. We have four sections: the Balance Bikes branch, for children yet to learn to ride a pedal bike, the Mini branch for children aged 5 to 7, the Junior branch for children aged 7 to 11 and the Youth branch, aimed at secondary school age children, aged 11 to 17. All three together form the junior division of Bigfoot CC. On this page you can find out more about the club's branches, along with information about how to join.
Bigfoot Youth Junior branch is all about taking part in cycling as a sport while developing your child’s fitness, racing and bike handling skills. The Junior branch is aimed at children aged 7 to 11. The main focus of the club's activity is our Saturday morning coaching sessions, held at Hayes Primary School. Coaching takes place throughout the year during term time. Each week our volunteer British Cycling-qualified Go-Ride coaches put the riders through their paces, with warm ups, skills circuits, fun challenges and races.
A typical Saturday session will involve a bike safety check and warm up session, followed by Go-Ride coaching activities, designed to progressively develop riders' racing and bike handling skills, improve fitness and introduce different types of cycle sport.
We make sure that all coaching activities are appropriate for the age and skill level of all the children taking part, to make sure that we develop skills and confidence gradually.
Throughout the year we also arrange a number of activities away from home, such as track riding at Herne Hill velodrome and the Olympic stadium, mountain biking at Bedgebury, use of the road racing circuit at Kent Cyclopark, and BMX in Merton. We also take part in the South London Go-Ride Racing League and many other local youth racing opportunities.
All our coaches are DBS checked, have a first aid qualification and are fully insured. Coaches are qualified to British Cycling Level 1 and Level 2.
Our Youth branch is open to secondary school boys and girls, aged 11 to 17, and is run by British Cycling qualified coaches, our activities include:
training sessions to improve your fitness, racing and bike handling skills
group rides, both on and off road, local and further afield
a calendar of regional youth racing opportunities
outings to velodromes, BMX tracks, MTB trails, cycle shows and racing events
the club can also help with aspects of your Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.
The club holds regular term-time sessions on Monday evenings (6.30pm at Croydon Sports Arena) and Thursday evenings (6.30pm at Hayes Primary School), with other activities organised at weekends.
MONDAYS at Croydon Arena are TRAINING sessions which are more physically demanding and aimed riders who participate in cycling as a sport (be that racing, time trials, sportives or triathlons). These sessions will also be open to selected younger riders from the Junior section who are eager for extra training (on an invitation-only basis).
THURSDAYS at Hayes Primary School are CLUB sessions which are aimed all types of riders. They are more like our usual Go-Ride sessions but with more of a skills and social focus. These sessions are open to Youth section riders only and not younger riders from the Junior section.
Youth section riders are welcome to come along to either or both of these sessions every week but should be aware of the session focus and demands before attending. Younger riders (from the Junior section) must be approved by the Youth section coach leaders before being allowed to join the Monday sessions.
There is possibility that from time to time our Monday sessions may be cancelled at short notice. This is due to priority given to the football club based at Croydon Arena. Please keep an eye on the club Twitter, email newsletters and calendar to make sure the session is going ahead before you travel.
The Mini branch is our newest branch, established in 2015. It is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds who are able to ride a bike without stabilisers. Each week our one hour session introduces young riders to the Go-Ride Gears programme, and get them ready for joining the Junior section when they are seven. This session is held from 10am to 11am at Hayes Primary School. In addition we now run "Mini Plus" sessions from 11am to 12noon for our more advanced young riders, as a pathway to the Junior branch. Due to the age of the children, parents are required to stay and help for the duration of the Mini session.
Balance Bikes branch
Launched in 2021, our Balance Bikes branch teaches riders how to ride a bike without stabilisers. Aimed mainly at younger riders, but open to all ages, the sessions are based on the British Cycling Ready Set Ride approach. These hour-long Sessions are held at 9am at Hayes Primary School, and are a perfect way to build the skills and confidence to progress to our Mini sessions. Due to the age of the children, and the need to help with getting your child to ride without stabilisers, parents are required to stay and help for the duration of the Balance Bikes session.
Your child will need a bike - either a balance bike, or a “normal” bike with the pedals (and stabilisers!) removed. We can help with this if required.
Your child can attend the balance bike sessions for as long as they need, and once they’re comfortable riding without stabilisers they will be ready to progress onto our Bigfoot Mini sessions (or Bigfoot Junior sessions if they’re slightly older).
You will need to register your place here.
You can find out more about the British Cycling Ready Set Ride approach here.
Our membership capacity is limited by the number of coaches and helpers we have, and by the space available at our three venues. All four branches of the club usually run close to maximum capacity and so we may operate a waiting list. Complete our membership enquiry form to register your interest in joining.
British Cycling and Go-Ride
British Cycling is the National Governing Body for cycling in Great Britain, whose aim is to inspire participation in cycling as a sport, recreation and sustainable transport through achieving worldwide success.
Go-Ride is British Cycling’s Club Development Programme aimed at improving both young riders and clubs. It focuses on volunteers and young members – improving coaching standards and increasing the number of young riders with access to coaching activities.
For more information about British Cycling and Go-Ride, visit http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride.