National Young Officials Academy Pilot Project successfully launched

National Young Officials Academy Pilot Project successfully launched

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British Cycling’s Go-Ride team, in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust, has given young volunteers across the country the opportunity to get involved in the first National Young Officials Academy (NYOA).  Eight of our most skilled, keen and experienced Young Volunteers, with a particular interest in events and officiating, have been selected to attend the academy next month.



What is the National Young Officials Academy?


The National Young Officials Academy takes place from Friday 20 December to Sunday 22 December at Loughborough University, bringing together promising and aspiring young officials from cycling, swimming, tennis and athletics.

The opportunity is all about providing young volunteers, with an active interest in officiating, with the chance to develop their officiating skills, by working with other young people and sports professionals.

The young volunteers attending the academy will benefit from working alongside young officials from other sports, gaining insight and knowledge to enhance their own officiating practice, in addition to attending workshops and keynote speeches from recognised officials.

We are pleased to announce that, following a tough selection process, the following eight applicants have been chosen to  join the other young officials in Loughborough:

Joseph            East Bradford Cycling Club

Josh                Preston Park Youth Cycling Club

Alex                Go-Ride Chester Cycling Club

Molly               Tiverton BMX Club

Tilly                 Holme Valley Wheelers

Laura              Stockton Wheelers Cycling Club

Andrew           Charlotteville Rascals

Jason              Palmer Park Velo

Many thanks to everyone that applied, the standard of the applications was extremely high and it was very difficult to narrow it down to just eight successful officials.

This is the first year that this exciting development opportunity has been offered to our Young Volunteers and we are looking forward to supporting the development of our young people and  the sport as an outcome of taking part.

It is always great to see the amazing activities and events our Young Volunteers are getting involved with and we hope to continue to support their dedication to the sport with more opportunities like this in the future.

To find out more about British Cycling’s Young Volunteer programme, please click here.