Scottish Cycling Coaching CPD

Scottish Cycling Coaching CPD


Updated: 11 February 2014

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 It is in the interests of both the coach and British Cycling to ensure high standards are maintained through the continual professional development of coaching practices. Keeping abreast of ever-changing ideas inevitably leads to better coaching and consequently a brighter future for our sport.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process by which you may develop and broaden your understanding of the coaching process and the influence of technical, legislative and social issues on the way you make decisions and perform your role as a coach.

British Cycling recently introduced a Pilot Licensing Scheme to support Level 3 coaches in developing their coaching competences, but CPD applies to all coaches and can come in various forms. Attending additional conferences, workshops or courses is a form of CPD which is most widely recognised, but professional development can also come from working closely with more experienced coaches from both cycling and the wider world of sport.

Similarly, developing new, complimentary competences from less obvious sources can have a significant impact on the way you coach. For example, expertise in non-verbal communication, public speaking and project management are common competences found in successful coaches.

Conversation with or observation of a coach from whom you believe you may learn is a valid form of CPD, providing it is followed by reflection and is recorded in a way that allows you to revisit the interaction at a later date.

Ideally, you will involve yourself in a combination of formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout your career as a coach.

If you are a cycle coach and would like to kept informed of upcoming CPD events please email

CPD Opportunities with Scottish Cycling

Coaching refresher course

To support new coaches Scottish Cycling are organising a Level 2 coaching refresher course.  The course is split into 2 days with a different focus on each day. 

Day 1 - This course is for anyone that has started a Level 2 coaching award but has not completed it, yet.  If it has been a while since you have started the award and you need a reminded of what the L2 is all about or you need more support in the actual coaching aspect of the award then this is for you.  Where possible content will be tailored to individual needs so on application can you can give an indication of your background. 

As we have specific paper work shops the focus of the day 1 refresher will be more around the practical element of coaching and not on paper work.


◦ Practical coaching - from a rider perspective

◦ Session planning support - discussing and practicing writing successful sessions

◦ Practical Coaching practice - practical application of the sessions written in theory sessions

◦ Video feedback on coaching practice

◦ Peer group feedback

◦ 1-1 tutor feedback

Day 2 –is another chance for those candidates that have not managed to get to their day 3 assessments in order to complete the course.  Furthermore, candidates that have completed day 1 of the refresher course may now be in a position to complete the whole L2 award.


◦ Session plan review and support

◦ Level 2 A2 Practical coaching assessment either to complete the award or to be reassessed

◦ Peer group feedback

◦ 1-1 tutor feedback

When is the next course?

  • 13th & 14th of September at Scottish Cycling HQ, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow.
  • To register an interest please email

How much does it cost?

  • 1 Day (1or2) - £30
  • 2 days - £50

Places will be limited so do not hesitate booking your place now.  To register please contact

Coaching Madison

Date - 23rd August 2014

Location - Caird Park, Dundee

Time - 9.30am – 2.15pm

Cost - £ 50.00


Coaching Madison is an endorsement for the level 2 track award that enables level 2 track DSU coaches to coach Madison.

Level 2 applicants can attend the course but will not be allowed to coach Madison until they have achieved the Level 2 Track DSU.

Coaching Madison is also a  CPD for Level 3 track coaches.

Places will be limited so do not hesitate booking your place now.  To register please contact