In May 2010 the committee of Newark Castle Cycling Club looked into setting up a Juvenile section of the club after two of our members had engaged in a coaching course funded by the club and run by British Cycling.
British Cycling ‘Go ride’ scheme has been established for a numbers of years and other cycling club have been actively involved with this, which has enabled the clubs maintain their membership through from Juveniles, Juniors, Seniors and Veterans.
Steve Crosland, a British Cycling coach, began contacting local schools in the Newark area and ran a series of cycling skills sessions with the children. Our coaches gained practical experience working alongside, completing their qualifications. This created the link to our established club working with school children in the area. The Grove School was our initial contact and they offered a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the sport. We started our club venture in 2011 at the Newark Academy site in Balderton and then we moved to the Lilley & Stone school site.
We now coach at North Muskham Village Hall / Sports Field, at 18.30 each Tuesday night for 1 hour.
The Autumn of 2012 was the start of youngsters entering cyclo-cross events, a real shock but it proved they were up for it and took on the challenges, getting muddy is probably the best bit. In the following year a group of younger members had joined the club and they took to the spirit of entering off road racing and have proved they are very competitive and have gained a lot of skills in a short time.
We have put forward youngsters over 14 years of age for the Regional Schools of Racing to learn more focused skills in mountain biking, road racing at various locations in the East Midlands and indoor racing at the track in Manchester.
We have been involved in the Pedal Pushers series, which has seen successful results from our club members.
The club has created links to Newark & Sherwood Sports Development, which offers support and training for volunteers and provides financial support with equipment, facility hire and coaching. Through N.& S.S.D. giving the club a grant we have purchased 5 turbo trainers.
We are affiliated to the Notts. & Derby Cyclo-cross League, which will enable our youngsters to gain points and will be recorded by British Cycling for category places.
This year we were very lucky in obtaining a grant from Nottingham County Council Legacy Fund. This was from the success of the Olympics and the government offering support to Community Sports Groups. They have provided funding for the club to purchase 5 bikes, which the club loans out for use in racing events.
We have had local support with donations from Asda, Waitrose and British Sugar, which has enabled us to purchase another bike to loan out for racing events.
The future in Go-ride cycling looks very promising locally with the planned sports hub and for the East Midlands a new indoor track in Derby set to be completed in 2014.
Our cycling club is run with the object of providing bike skills, team pursuits and learning practical bike maintenance skills in a fun, safe environment supported by trained coaches and volunteers. We provide advice and information to further enhance skills if you wish to develop the sport further.