Twelve young volunteers from across England have successfully achieved a position on British Cycling’s National Youth Forum and will play a key role in shaping the future of cycle sport.
Six young volunteers will be returning for a second year on the forum and will work alongside six new young volunteers to develop opportunities for their peers and provide the chance for others to ride, race and volunteer.
British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme is a network of cycling clubs, which provide a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport. The aim of the National Youth Forum is to empower young people, who will influence British Cycling initiatives and the future of the programme.
During the initial year, the National Youth Forum representatives focused on developing cycling in schools, providing more opportunities for women to get involved in cycling and widening the scope for riders under 23 to get involved.
The returning representatives have now secured the added responsibility of specific roles, such as chair and treasurer, to drive the group forward this year.
The 12 young volunteers will meet on a quarterly basis with British Cycling. The first session took place on Saturday 14 June at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, where the group set out the aims for the upcoming year.
John Mills, British Cycling director of coaching, education and development, said: “We are frequently overwhelmed by the strength of the young volunteers at cycling clubs across the country. It was extremely difficult to select just 12 young people to represent the National Youth Forum, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers.”
Laura Trott, a world champion who first started cycling at a Go-Ride Club, said: “Without support from the volunteers at my Go-Ride Club, it’s possible I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are all doing a fantastic job and are making a real difference to the sport.”
The number of young people taking part in cycling as a sport is soaring. This is demonstrated by the increase in young people taking up British Cycling membership – hitting 12,000 members for the first time. The Go-Ride programme has provided over 400,000 opportunities for young people to get involved with cycle sport over the past year. Over 60% of riders on the Great Britain Cycling Team started out at Go-Ride Clubs.
For more information about the National Youth Forum and the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers, please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride/article/20130701-National-Youth-Forum-home-0. For more information about the Go-Ride programme, please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride.