We have held three coaches forums since the start of November and the feedback and suggestions from coaches have proven invaluable in provoking discussions at British Cycling and with Sport England and UK Coaching.
- Coaches find it difficult after a course to find opportunities to coach and develop: We did: Amended the automated communications from British Cycling and British Cycling Learning to signpost learners to appropriate opportunities.
- Coaches are not regularly communicated to and many are unaware about opportunities to develop, or unaware of things like the British Cycling Coaches Network. We did: Restarted a newsletter for coaches and we will now more regularly communicate with coaches.
- Courses are not appropriate for learn to ride activity and if coaches do not have a discipline. We did: Coach Development Framework consultation starting in 2022
- Accessing courses for discipline specific courses is too expensive and takes too long. We did: Coach Development Framework consultation starting in 2022 and we are looking at discipline fast track routes
- We want to be able to access mentors or peers that will support our development. We did: We will explore the viability of a peer-to-peer mentor framework.
- Supporting talent pathway activity is sometimes meaningless (i.e. we don't get feedback to support our development), and is hard to find out about. We did: We are working with the Talent Development team to structure workshops in a way to make supporting activity meaningful for coaches, and are promoting how to find out about talent activity in the coaches newsletter.
- There is no 'trickle down' from the the Great Britain Cycling Team, Talent Development and Education. Things are changing and existing coaches are not informed. We did: We are exploring how we use existing activity to create accessible content for coaches at all levels and will create a 'Hub' of content through British Cycling Learning.
- There is no coach development programme for L2 discipline and above, and coach development has previously focussed on disciplines rather than developing core coaching skills. We did: We will explore the viability of a coach development programme.