British Cycling and Cycling Ireland have formalised an agreement which will see coaching expertise and resources shared between the two organisations.
As part of the partnership, British Cycling’s world-leading coach education resources will be made available to learners on Cycling Ireland’s coaching courses as the organisation further invests in the development of the all-Ireland coach education programme.
British Cycling will also advise on areas of best practice, and deliver tutor orientation to ensure Cycling Ireland is best positioned to effectively deliver high-quality coaching programmes.
The agreement, which will run initially until 2013, strengthens the relationship between the two organisations according to John Mills, Coaching, Education and Development Director at British Cycling.
He said: “It is a great opportunity for both organisations to develop a greater understanding of coach education and I am delighted to able to offer our support to Cycling Ireland through this agreement.
“We work hard to ensure our coach education programme is the best it can be and through our work with the UCI, we can be confident that we are currently leading the world in this regard.
“This agreement is further recognition of our reputation and it gives me great pleasure to be in a position to offer our expertise to Ireland in order to support their new and exciting coach education programme.”
Speaking of the agreement, Rachel Ormrod, Coach Education Officer at Cycling Ireland, acknowledged the high standard of British Cycling’s Coaching programme and of the contribution it can make to ongoing progress being made within Cycling Ireland throughout the sport.
“This is an exciting time for Cycling Ireland and the importance of coaching is well known across all sports and cycling is no exception. We have worked hard over the past two years to look at the most effective ways of developing our coaching programme.”
“It is widely accepted that the Coaching Programme offered by British Cycling is second to none and I am absolutely delighted to see British Cycling and Cycling Ireland come together in order to develop and enhance our coaching programme.
“This represents a great opportunity for our existing coaches to further develop their own coaching knowledge, and perhaps more importantly, they will be able to embed a culture of coaching throughout Ireland where ultimately the riders stand to benefit most.”
“We very much look forward to working with British Cycling over the next two years and I would like to thank them for all their support so far.”