Name: Heather Coull
Club: East Kilbride Road Club
Age (you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to!): 17
How did you get into coaching cycling? The Commonwealth Games Coaching Legacy Programme
What is your personal cycling background? I have been a member of East Kilbride Road Club for around 4 years and have participated in many events such as club runs, crit races, cyclocross races, velodrome accreditation , WoSCA sessions, track league, Youth Tour of Scotland and RSR’s.
What kind of riders do you usually coach? Every week I help to coach a group of around 15 riders aged 5-10. I also organise women’s only coaching sessions with 15 riders in attendance where we focus on bike handling skills.
What is your favourite thing about being a cycling coach? My favourite thing about being a cycling coach is definitely working with a rider to help them grasp a new skill, seeing their confidence grow on the bike and watching the riders develop a team ethos.
What are the challenges of being a cycling coach? There are definitely some challenges of being a cycle coach such as issues with venue or your session not running to plan but sometimes the ideas you think up on the spot are the best ones.
What are your coaching aspirations? I recently had the opportunity to attend an ODA training session and see how the coaching was delivered at this level and this definitely opened my eyes to the possibility of taking my coaching further.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a cycling coach? DO IT!