2011 Scottish Cycling Annual Report

2011 Scottish Cycling Annual Report


Posted: 09 November 2011

Scottish Cycling's annual report is a look back at the organisation's activites over the past 12 months, with in-depth reports from each major area of the business. It's available as a download as a PDF.

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And to give you a taste of the content and some of the themes of the last 12 months, here's Scottish Cycling President Alasdair MacLennan's foreword to the publication:


In last years Annual Report I mentioned that we were just about to head out to the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi.I am sure everybody who was lucky enough to make the trip will agree that it was an experience that they will cherish for a long time. Our Scottish Cycling team had yet another successful Games, bringing home three medals, the highlight of which was David Millar winning Gold in the time-trial and Bronze in the road race with Jenny Davis and Charlene Joiner bringing home Silver in the team sprint.

Throughout 2011 our Scottish athletes continued to thrive at all levels with John Paul, Andy Fenn and Grant Ferguson winning World or European medals. JP and Andy were both Delhi team members as development athletes so to see them progress so quickly to winning World medals is very satisfying. With no Mountain Bike in Delhi Grant and other off road riders missed this experience but continue to thrive on the back of our very successful coaching and event programmes. The Scottish Cycling coaching staff are continuing to work closely with club coaches and the riders who are part of our Talent squads. The future for these riders and other medal winners is very positive; we have a strong talent pool and an excellent ‘back room’ team to support them. I wish them all the very best in the future and can assure you that Scottish Cycling will do our very best to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. Further details of our coaching and discipline specific talent programmes and development programmes are outlined in the various sections of this report.

Looking forward, at Scottish Cycling, we are really excited about the next Commonwealth Games awarded to Glasgow in 2014. I recently visited the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and nobody can miss the overwhelming feeling of excitement of what is to come. It truly is a World Class facility and a tremendous asset that will undoubtedly help to grow the sport and encourage more people to get involved. Along with staff, I have been attending planning meetings about major events which are to be held at the Velodrome in the months prior to the Games - one highlight being The World Junior Track Championships in August 2013. There is a lot of work to be done not only to prepare for the opening of the track in October 2012, but to ensure we are fully prepared and hit the ground running as soon as the track opens. Planning and exploring areas for development are well underway in terms of growing and upskilling our officials and coaches to ensure we leave a lasting legacy that allows Scotland to produce home grown talent and attract major events. We are working closely with Glasgow Life, the operators, to ensure the Velodrome is a huge success and that our combined efforts achieve our plans and aspirations.

With all this in mind it is heartening to note that throughout 2011 our staff who regularly attend events throughout the country are continually telling myself and the Board that at club level there is a great sense of teamwork with lots of local clubs pulling together and helping each other at events. This is apparent with the standard of events which are currently being delivered. This year many of our National Championships across all disciplines were delivered to a high standard and in a very professional manner and must be the standard that all clubs should strive to achieve for our National events. Local events have always been traditionally lower key but they are an essential part of our sport. These events are delivered by our Clubs, Centres and Associations who do a great job to deliver these in such an efficient and very friendly manner. As President and on behalf of the Board and the Scottish Cycling staff I cannot express enough our appreciation for the hard work and commitment that all our members and their families give to make sure we have a lively cycle sport scene in Scotland.  Long may it continue and, indeed, flourish.

There have been many staff changes at Scottish Cycling this year and I take this opportunity to thank our previous CEO Jackie Davidson for her hard work and contribution to Scottish Cycling over the past five years. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Samson who was appointed as interim CEO and did an excellent holding role whilst Jackie’s successor was being recruited.

I am also delighted that we have secured the appointment of Craig Burn as our new Chief Executive who took up post in August. I have to admit our new CEO has a huge task ahead of him but I am confident that we are in safe hands and that his leadership, drive and enthusiasm will get us on track to ensure cycle sport in Scottish goes form strength to strength over the coming years. Craig has an excellent staff team and with the expertise and dedicated support of our committed volunteers I feel very positive about the direction Scottish Cycling is heading.

I acknowledge the need for Scottish Cycling to re-engage our members and Craig and I are planning a series or ‘roadshows’ around the Centres, Regions and Associations that will allow us to share our ideas and hear your views for  improving our sport. I’m personally looking forward to getting out and about and discussing the future with you - it also will give me a chance to meet a lot of ‘well kent’ and new faces within our sporting community.

We have strong partnerships and receive a tremendous amount of support from partners that include; sportscotland, British Cycling, Scottish Power Renewables, Glasgow Life, Napier University and Local Authorities. We look forward to strengthening our work with you in 2012 and beyond and to welcoming new partners to help us achieve our future goals.

The riders, officials, organisers, office bearers, marshalls, are what make Scottish Cycling. I sincerely thank you to all of you for your efforts this year and trust you will stay on-board for the ride over the next few years!

Alasdair MacLennan │President

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