Whitworth Park Youngsters Coaching


Whitworth Park Go Ride Youngsters Coaching

We are pleased to announce the restarting of our popular Saturday morning Go-Ride youngsters coaching session on Saturday 10th April! A chance to kick start those cycling skills learnt in lockdown or get back into cycling! For now we are going to run them as last year with a couple of sessions a month and 2 of the 3 groups each session and online entry. Fun sessions to improve those skills! Delivered by our British Cycling qualified coaches.


As you can probably guess a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to check that we are safe to proceed with these activities and with restrictions being eased but not fully lifted the format of these sessions will be similar to the ones we ran at the end of last year so please read on!

These sessions are being run under the guidance given in British Cycling's Guidance which has been agreed with the Government Department for Culture Media and Sport.


Now an important bit - parents are not to spectate please but we ask that if you are staying in the vicinity you keep at a safe distance and maintain social distancing - this is important as failure to follow this rule may place the sessions in jeopardy. The current rules on social distancing also applies to everyone once the session is over (specifically requested by Whitworth Park)


Matlock CC Club Members only please!

Payment will be via an 'honesty box' at sign on - its £1 per rider per session - please note no change can be given!


We will be keeping our 3 group structure (Bottom / Middle / Top) but we will only be coaching 2 of those groups per session. We will rotate the groups so that over 3 sessions each group will have had 2 goes - this is to limit rider numbers attending. Guidance on groupings if you haven't been before is below; 


Bottom Group - youngest riders starting out aged 3 and up - balance bikes and riders taking their first pedal strokes. Bikes with no gears.  Coaches are usually Tina / Maresa but others will be helping as necessary.
Middle Group - older up to age 7/8 able to ride but looking to improve on skills and techniques. Coaches are usually Rob / Jules but others will be helping as necessary. 
Top / Eldest Group - eldest age up to 12/13 looking to enhance riding  skills and techniques. Coaches are usually Martin / Andy but others will be helping as necessary.


If we think you may need to move group we will inform you and you can move for the next session - riders can't change during the session.

These events will be online entry only through a form publicised by the club on Facebook / website. Each group has limited numbers - Novice (youngest) is set at 14 riders (to allow close parental supervision by one parent only please), Beginners / Intermediate groups will have 20 riders each so it will be first come first served but the entry opening will be publicised in advance so its fair for everyone. Once full we can't accept any further entries for that particular event or entries on the day unfortunately given current circumstances. Hopefully across a number of sessions all the youngsters will be able to attend. If the event is full you will be given chance to be placed on a reserve list and a priority list for the next event for that group.

There will be separate sign-ons for the groups and both groups must stay apart at all times during the session. There will be 2 sign-on and off points - one at the car park and one in the park where we normally sign-on. No haribo at sign off unfortunately for obvious reasons! For this session the youngest are to meet at the car park and the eldest group are to meet at the MCC Tent further into the Park.

Participants must not attend a ride or session if they have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in their household who does and are in the extremely vulnerable category or if they have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system. (this goes for the Coaches too!)
Riders please don't share drinks / snacks or any equipment
If any participant develops symptoms after the session please notify the club / coach so the group can be informed


Riders to use their own equipment - please check that your bikes and kit are clean and in good working order. Please check over your child's bike ahead of the session as Coaches may not be able to assist with mechanical issues.


Some more general things to be aware of around using the Park / Facilities:

The toilets in the Whitworth Park building may or may not be open but you must wear a mask and follow their guidance when you enter any of the buildings. The cafe is open (with a queuing system) but has restrictions on numbers inside the cafe and has more distanced seating outside.
You must follow the current Government guidance on bubbles and group numbers when using the facilities / park generally.

Remember you may have to pay for Car Parking - follow the guidance on the signs.

The Park is naturally busy with many groups / people using the park in current circumstances so please keep your distance!

Any questions please let us know through our contact email and the Club and Coaches are looking forward to seeing the youngsters back riding their bikes!


Matlock CC Coaches

Please see our Facebook page for details of each event and how to enter...


Do you have a youngster aged 4 to 11 wanting to do more cycling? This where you need to bring them - all welcome, just turn up with a bike in good working order and helmet please! Our aim is a fun, engaging and inclusive environment; where children from 3 to 12 can challenge themselves and grow in confidence.


Kids coaching takes place usually twice a month (see dates in the newsletters here or the calendar on the homepage) at 9.30 to 10:45am at Whitworth Park in Darley Dale. The activities are run by British Cycling qualified coaches and include basic riding skills, developing confidence with individual and team exercises and games. The children involved in these sessions range in age from around 4 to 12 and vary greatly in ability. The aim of each session is to improve the ability and confidence of young riders in challenging and fun ways.

Please check social media for any changes.............

Before you bring your bike along please check over that all is in good working order. You could run a quick 'M Check' as the Coaches do with the youngsters at the start of their sessions - there is a link to a video here which guides you through this quick and simple process:

CTT M Check Video

or you can use this video from cycling charity Sustrans which shows more detail on how to check and adjust your bike:

Sustrans Bike Check Video

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