As Scott 'Boom Boom' Beaumont has been undertaking his coaching qualifications, the double World Champion has been blogging about his experiences and here is his final blog for the .
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Well, what a fantastic end to the course we all had on Saturday. There were 10 weeks between Day 2 and Day 3 where we all had to complete assignments and plans at home in preparation to handing our course folder in on Saturday.
I really got stuck into my homework early and went into my final day on Saturday relaxed and excited to finish the course.
The final day consisted of practical sessions all morning, then some modules early afternoon before individual reviews at the end of the day. The practical sessions were the highlight of the course for me over the three days. Tremendous fun, yet such a great learning curve for all of us.
My session started with our group conducting a bike, helmet and clothing check. Always safety first with coaching. Checking helmets, loose clothing and that the entire bike is in good order for the coaching session.
My coaching session that I had to deliver to the group involved balance and coordination. I started by setting up some cones and had riders stopping and balancing, turning around tight corners, before setting up a game for all. The session lasted 20 minutes and was the final practical session that I had to complete and pass before handing my folder in.
After a nice lunch (thanks British Cycling) we were back in the classroom to finish off the course. Our tutors Ruth and Nigel did a fantastic job of making the information easy to understand. Being on the final stage of the Level 2 course, there was definitely alot more confidence in the group during discussions.
Finally at the end of the afternoon, we had our assessments with the course tutors. Ruth took mine and after a 10 minute review of the three days, my homework and the course in general, she passed my practical assessments and signed off my course folder.
Now my folder is with British Cycling and in the next few weeks, it will be marked and I will find out if any further work will be needed to gain my qualification. Fingers crossed I have answered everything correctly and I can get out there and start my coaching.
To conclude, if you have considered coaching, but were unsure about the BC coaching courses, I have to say they are truly fantastic. Full of detail yet delivered in an easy way so that everyone understands perfectly.
After the course I now feel excited and ready to go out there and coach new riders. In fact I liked it so much, that I have booked onto two further courses with BC – Level 2 MTB specific and Level 2 BMX specific at the end of February. The courses are rewarding and fun, but most of all rich in information for the next wave of coaches.
I met alot of great new friends and I am already looking forward to working with some of them on various coaching projects in the future.
I can’t recommend the course enough. Fantastic.
Roll on the Level 2 specifics!
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