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Eastlands Sprint School a Success

Story posted January 6 | Thanks to John Daly

As a result of receiving funding from the Youth Opportunity Fund, Manchester based club Eastlands Velo Cycling Club was able to put on a Sprint School over the Christmas bank holidays. The idea was for the teenagers from the club to run a major event with the help and support of adults. They were so impressed with the DHL Sprint school, they decided that they wanted to run the same type of event.

The tasks for the riders attending included  coaching, signing on, allocating numbers, taking money, distributing bikes and shoes, video feedback, verbal feedback, full catering including budgeting (for approximately 120 people), results, timing, lap board, bell, commentators, setting up and the running of roller racing, sumo, limbo, funnels and Watt bikes. 
The response was immense with around fifty volunteers, the majority of which were young teenagers from the club. We even had the help of our own Olympic Development Programme Sprinters -  Mathew Rotherham and Jessica Crampton.

With the track booked for the full day and a host of off track activities, all we needed were some riders. Eastlands contacted as many clubs as possible to nominate riders and the response was massive we had over 170 riders who wanted to take part but we could only accept the first 75. Riders came from all over as far as from Newport, Liverpool, Southport and Leeds. The outcome was a  fantastic days riding and learning for the riders and a massive satisfaction for all our teenagers for a job well done.