Volunteers: Is your training up to date?

Volunteers: Is your training up to date?

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Since registering on the Go-Ride programme, your club should be striving for the best, continually improving and achieving best practice, with the ultimate goal of attaining Go-Ride Clubmark Accreditation within the first 12 to 18 months of registration.

In order to achieve Clubmark, your club needs to meet a number of criteria, including designated club volunteers attending role-related training.

It’s really important that all clubs on the Go-Ride programme encourage volunteers to complete the relevant training, so that your club is safe and well-managed, as well as being an exciting place to ride.

The Go-Ride contact should complete A Club For All course, which then needs to be updated every three years. The A Club For All course can be completed online and is available on the SkillsActive website. The course helps a club to assess its membership base and highlights good practice that can be implemented to become more accessible to the whole community. The course can also help to inform your Club Development Plan.

The Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is an extremely important role and we encourage all CWOs to complete a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (or equivalent). A local course can be found using Sports Coach UK’s Workshop finder. The training is valid for a period of three years, and then the CWO is required to refresh their training.

Once coaches have completed their qualification, it is their responsibility to ensure they have a valid first aid certificate. Coaching insurance is only valid when the coach is in possession of a valid first aid certificate and valid British Cycling membership (Race Gold, Race Silver or Ride level). There are a number of first aid courses hosted by various suppliers across the country. First aid courses should cover the following minimum content:

  • What to do in an emergency
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • First aid for unconscious casualty
  • First aid for the wounded or bleeding

Once coaches have completed their first aid training, they should send a copy of their certificate to go-ride@britishcycling.org.uk so that it can be added to the database.