Volunteers:In Focus - September 2021

Volunteers:In Focus - September 2021

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We are making 2021 the Year of the Volunteer and shining a light on the brilliant work volunteers do for all forms of cycling across the home nations. We want to acknowledge the huge contribution volunteers make to cycling and recognise the wide variety of roles undertaken to activate, support, lead, and deliver at all levels. 

Each month, we are taking nominations from across the regions and home nations. If you think someone deserves a mention, get in touch on social media with your respective regional or national teams or via @BCCoaches on Twitter. 

Following an insirational summer of cycling, as spectators and participants, the appetite for cycling activity is ever growing and our volunteers are key to maintaining the momentum.

A huge thank you and well done to all that have been nominated in September 2021 for their ongoing commitment to our sport and to those who may have volunteered for the first time have engaged new riders in their clubs, activities, or groups. Thank you from everyone at British Cycling, and from our community.

Name: Jason Kessey

Region: West Midlands

Role and/or Qualifications: Coach, Club Administration: Newport Shropshire Cycling Club

Jason has put so much work into organising and supporting Newport Shropshire Cycling Club's Bike Club, including organising coaching rotas, all the important background ‘stuff’, on top of coaching pretty much every week. Jason is now getting his daughters involved as volunteers and they are working towards coaching qualifications themselves! Basically a darned good all round vital cog in the wheel of a very successful Kids Club for Newport Shropshire CC. Well Done Jason!

 British Cycling Values: Passion, Integrity

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Names: Chris, Bill and the 'LCCA timing crew'

Region: South East, London & South East Cyclocross League

Role and/or Qualifications: Racing Timing, Race Organisers

Both Bill & Chris deserve great credit for what they have done on timing and results, and they have achieved a lot in quite a short period of time. It wasn't that many years ago that if a full result was out by Wednesday then you were doing well- now we have it at our finger tips in a matter of minutes. The work Chris has done in the past few years to really accelerate the efficiency and impact of the system has been a real game changer. Not only have Bill & Chris both invested vast amounts of energy getting the system where it is today, they have engaged really well with younger volunteers to help run the system on race days and ensure the system has some legacy value. We'd like to offer our thanks here to Uma, Hugo and Milo who we know have spent a fair share of time in the timing tent with both Bill & Chris. Milo and Uma have taken over the reigns and are now guiding us so professionally through the 2021/22 season so far.

'"I suggest that we have at present one of the best entry/gridding/sign on/results system out there. Certainly with Covid we have the most frictionless sign on process. Queues are in the past, such a headache gone from organising"

"Chris is a well respected member of the regional Cyclocross community and does also give his time to commissaire duties when not in the timing tent- thanks Chris"

"Can I just say how excellent the results system is and the slick processes you clearly have to feed into that. Super quick and super insightful. Well done all"

British Cycling Values: Passion, Innovaiton 

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Name: Jeremy Gill

Region: South

Role and/or Qualifications: Support to the School Games

Jeremy’s nomination is for his time and effort given to taking a team to the South Region Team for the School Games, and for “always going above and beyond for everyone” (South Region Rider)

South region track and road team manager for School Games. The School Games happened between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th September, where more than 1,300 young athletes will compete across ten sports.
Riders, parents and other coaches have all expressed their gratitude for Jeremy’s time, looking after the South Region team at school games alongside Michelle Murphy where preparation, planning and rider management was all done with patience and a smile. In addition to this, all nominations recognised Jeremy's continued commitment at all levels to promote and push youth junior cycling forward; whether that’s through helping out at RSR’s and development centre sessions; delivering Zoom online sessions throughout lockdown or helping riders with equipment and resources.

'“A thorough champion for the South Region of Youth and Junior cycling. Always ready and willing to volunteer and offer wonderful advice.” (South Region British Cycling Member)

British Cycling Values: Passion, Integrity

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Name: Louise Hughes

Region: East Midlands

Role and/or Qualifications: Club Volunteer, Level 2 Coach, Event Organiser, Ride Leader

Louise has picked up the reigns from previous organiser Mike Twelves and has been key in driving the momentum & success Youth Mallory Park Road Racing league. Louise is also one of the club coaches at leics Forest Rockets and encourages riders of all ages to get involved in club activities.

Leicestershire Forest Rockets; Mallory Park Road Race League; Talent development Centres, Holiday Coaching Camps, and Track Clusters

British Cycling Values: Unity; Passion, Integrity; Innovation

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