Name: Fraser Johnston
Location: West & South-West
Hometown: Born in Falkirk, I now live in the West End of Glasgow
Q. Describe your job (in your own words)
A. As a Regional Development Officer it is my job to work across two regions to support all of our clubs and volunteers to drive forward the further development of the Sport – ensuring that what we do currently works well and always striving to grow the Sport where we can to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to engage with the Sport – at whatever level that is for them (be it as a participant – racing or recreationally, as a parent helper, an event organiser, a commissarie, a coach etc etc!). Cycling is a huge passion of mine, so I am very excited to now have the opportunity to work full time within the Sport that I love.
Q. What did you do previous to working as a Regional Development Officer?
A. I previously worked as a Sport Development Coordinator at the University of Glasgow. Here I worked mainly on developing our recreational sport programme – engaging over 500 students on a weekly basis - at the University, and this also included starting a Daily Mile for staff across the campus – generally aiming to get staff to sit less and move more! This was my first job in Sport, before that I studied Medicine at the University for two years before deciding it wasn’t for me and instead pursuing a career in Sport.
Q. Favourite cycling discipline?
A. I got into Cycling on the Road, and have been doing so for around 7 years now. However as I’ve gotten into coaching youths, I’ve increasingly spent more time on a Mountain Bike, last year undertaking my Level 2 DSU and in May this year undertaking by MTB Leadership Award.
Q. Other hobbies (as opposed to cycling?)
A. I really enjoy hiking and have started slowly bagging Munro’s – I say slowly as I’ve been doing it for 2 years and I’ve only done 3 so far! Added to this, I also enjoy long distance walking, and have completed the West Highland Way every year since 2012.
Q. How do you like your tea/coffee?
A. I’m not a big hot drink fan (which is not going down well in the office!) however I will drink Tea but more of a Hot Chocolate fan if I need to drink any hot drinks at all!
Q. What is your favourite meeting snack?
A. A meeting on my second day had Party Rings and they went down a storm!
Q. What would you say is your greatest achievement in your role as RDO?
A. I’ve only just started but I am really looking forward to getting out and meeting clubs across both regions over the next few months. I am really passionate about clubs getting the absolute basics right and then building from there. I think that there is so much potential within the two regions and from early conversations I have had – there is definitely a lot of enthusiasm out there too!
Q. What would you say is your greatest achievement outside of work?
A. Back in 2016 I co-founded Falkirk Junior Bike Club, the first youth cycling club in Falkirk. We started slowly and by mid-2017 we had around 40 riders within the club. We then really concentrated our efforts over the Summer last year, focusing on lots of come and try opportunities to get new riders involved. Just before the club finished a Summer break in June 2018, we reached 120 riders for the first time.
Something I have always been passionate about as a coach and in the general development of the club is involving the next generation of young people. To this end, when British Cycling announced a trial of a UKCC L1 Coaching course for 14 and 15 year olds this year, we recognised right away that this was something we wanted to be a part of. To cut a long story short, we were successful in making this happen and in June had 7 candidates complete the Level 1 course and become some of the youngest UKCC L1 Coaches in the country.
Q. What are your aspirations in your role as RDO for the next year?
A. I am really keen to get out and meet as many different clubs as possible over the next year and really getting to know them. I am particularly keen to help our Go-Ride develops further develop – and for those that have registered to complete their accreditation and reap all the benefits that this can bring.
Q. What is the best way to contact you?
A. Email is usually the best way, as I can pick them up at any time. Also– I am very active on social media and love seeing what is happening across the region on there – so please follow me on Twitter (@Fraser_J_) and I’ll aim to share as much of what you are up to as possible!