Scottish Cycling Volunteers' Week 2021: Round Up

Scottish Cycling Volunteers' Week 2021: Round Up

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It has been an absolutely fantastic Volunteers’ Week, the sun has shone, and everyone has shown us just how thankful they are for the volunteers involved in their clubs, events, rides and cycling communities! We just can’t pick what we want to share with you again, it’s just all been so good. All we can do is say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers involved in our sport!

Round up of Volunteers’ Week 2021

On Day 1 (June 1st) we hosted #SCTalks with Nigel Holl (board member and CEO of British Curling) on the topic of “The impact of volunteering on cycling”. We had three panel members, Lusia Steele (volunteer coach and athlete on GB academy), Lizzie Miller (joint organiser of the Midsummer Breeze Sportive) and Colin Chisholm (commissaire, event organiser and coach) each providing their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Highlights include:

Lusia Steele bigging up those volunteers who impacted her at the beginning of her cycling journey at Johnstone Jets. Without them she would not have had the opportunities that she now has on the world stage.

Lizzie Miller showing that if you provide the opportunities people will come! From being part of the conception of the Hawick Belles Breeze club starting with 3 Breeze Champions to 7 and with over XX number of people joining in rides regularly.

Colin Chisholm shared his reasons for being involved as a volunteer and encouraged others to do so too. You get fresh air, travel to the country, meet interesting people, talk bikes and watch bike racing! You can contribute to people feeling happy (muddy!) and acehieving their goals.

Day 2 was celebrating everything HSBC Breeze Champions and Guided Rides. The day culminated in a volunteer information session for anyone interested in becoming a HSBC Breeze Champion or Guided Ride Leader. Watch back via this link and hear the experience’s of Alex, Breeze Champion, Dan, Guided Ride Leader and Ride Leader course tutor, Diana. It was a busy night, with lots of questions and conversation generated.

Find out more about Breeze and Guided Rides in Scotland by reading this article.

Click on these links for more information about Breeze and Guided Rides.

Not a course in your area yet? Register your interest here.

Day 3 saw coaching in the spotlight with a fantastic article celebrating our coaches. This article shone a light on Chris Dallas, volunteer coach at Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club and Laura Nisbet of Kelso Wheelers. Volunteer coaches can have a huge positive impact of the cyclists in their local clubs and communities, interested in becoming a coach or furthering your coaching journey?  Get in touch with coacheducation@scottishcycling.org.uk

To support the continued development of volunteer coaches, Scottish Cycling have designed a new series of coach learning sessions.  More information can be found here.

Day 4 was all about our club volunteers and we had a very topical interview with Lesley Archibald from Falkirk Junior Bike Club, highlighting our new volunteer role, the Covid Coordinator. Read it here.

We also shared this fun picture illustrating just how many volunteer roles are involved with clubs and the wider cycling community.

Bicycle using words of different volunteer roles to create the image

Day 5 had a focus on cycling events with an interview with Ben Procter, event organiser at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Debbie Irvine, who embodies the volunteer who wears many hats!

Ben spoke all about what has changed since he was last interviewed in 2016 and Debbie shared with us all the roles she carries out (from club secretary and club confined time trial organiser, to Breeze and Guided Ride leader!) and how she juggles them! Watch Ben’s interview on our YouTube channel and read Debbie’s interview here.

Start line of club confined time trial with volunteer and timekeeper

Day 6 was the Young Persons Panels’ time to shine. We started the day with a heartfelt thank you from Fraser Johnston our club development manager to our inaugural panel, Euan, Ryan, Eilidh, Isobel, Callum, Erin and Sophie!

Read more about how this team of volunteers have helped us to give a voice to and shape the sport for young people.

And that just leaves today, Day 7. We have tried to showcase different areas that our volunteers are involved with so hopefully there are areas for each of you to look back on and read with interest. So lastly, after a jam packed week, our CEO Nick Rennie shares his thank you to you all.

We hope you are inspired to volunteer in cycling, take it back up again or to take your current role a step further. Please get in contact with us to help you on your way by e-mailing volunteer@scottishcycling.org.uk