Over 30 members of the Scottish Cycling community tuned in to the inaugural #SCTalks panel discussion on Wednesday 20th May for an hour long conversation hosted by Scottish Cycling Chief Executive, Craig Burn
The focus of the discussion was:
How can clubs adapt under the current restrictions to continue to engage their members?
Craig was joined on the panel with a range of voices from across the Scottish Cycling community:
- Diane Clayton-Chisholm, Scottish Cycling Board Director
- Sally Devlin, Scottish Cycling Women's Development Group
- Ryan Brannen, Scottish Cycling Young People's Panel
- Fraser Johnston, Scottish Cycling Club Development Manager (Young People & Leadership)
The discussion was wide ranging, with panelists sharing their experiences over the last 8 weeks and highlighting how their clubs have adapted, found new ways of working, and are seeking to find some positives out of the situation.
The role that clubs have to play in the lives of their members was widely recognised, and all panelists indicated that the social connectiveness that their club creates is something that they have strived to maintain during the lockdown. We heard about innovative ways of challenging members to develop their cycling skills, explore their local area, use their bikes to bring benefits to others and staying physically active while adhering to the public health messaging.
It was highlighted that the significant increase in interest in cycling should be welcomed and embraced, and the panelists shared some considerations their clubs were making to allow them to capitalise upon this (this is the subject of our June panel discussion!).
On opening the discussion, Craig said: "These webinars give us the opportunity during Covid-19 to engage with our membership and our stakeholders to talk about topics that are of interest, share best practice and all work together to come out the other end of this pandemic in as strong a place as possible."
If you were unable to join us on the night, you can rewatch the full discussion by clicking the link below.
Join us again in June for the next edition of #SCTalks when we will be discussing: