February was a busy month for learning and development at Scottish Cycling with the first event Go-Ride Conference and Commissaire Event Managers Conference taking place.
Go Ride Conference
Scottish Cycling held its first ever Go-Ride Conference on Saturday 17th February, providing an opportunity for delegates to work with Scottish Cycling to deliver an excellent programme of youth cycling across Scotland.
Young riders, Megan Wilkinson and Sean Flynn brought a young persons perspective, whilist speakers from Edinburgh Road Club and East Kilbride Road Club provided insight into their contrasting approaches to working with young cyclists.
In the coaching session, participants learned about developing young swimmers from Andy Figgins of East Kilbride Swim team, took part in a strength training session delivered by Paul Coyle from the Scottish Institute of Sport and heard about Rider Development. Active Advantage facilitated the workshop on club volunteers, exploring club philosophy and engaging and increasing membership.
Scottish Cycling hope to make the Go-Ride Conference an annual youth focused conference that will be integral to the effective development of the Scottish Cycling Go-ride programme, R.A.C.E and young riders in general.
Commissaire & Event Organiser Conference
February 25th saw Scottish Cycling bring together Commissaires and Event Organisers from across Scotland to take part in an innovative new conference.
Throughout the day, delegates worked in groups to share discipline specific updates and explore topics such as race manual content and collaborative working. In the afternoon, MTB Commissaire and SC Board Member Andrea Lockhart shared her experience of an Elite National Commissaire course, followed an insightful Q&A panel featuring organisers, commissaires and rider Rob Friel.
By bringing these two key roles together, all delegates came away feeling they had gained skills that will enable them to work better at future events.
“Thanks for a very excellent session, have learned a lot mixing in the different workshops and speaking with other comms and organisers which I will use to my knowledge.”
“Enjoyed the day, good to receive regulation updates and hear other experience from other commissaires in other disciplines”
A huge thank you to all our speakers and those who attended these events. We look forward to working with you throughout 2018 to put on brilliant races and develop the Scotlands next generation of cyclists.
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