British Cycling's BMX Commission run BMX related training courses over the winter months which may interest your club members.
Regional Officials Course.
British Cycling will be arranging officials training courses aimed at providing clubs and regions with a good base of qualified volunteers. As with most volunteer lead sports, there is a regular requirement to offer the opportunity to re-train or to provide opportunities for new blood to get involved. Each and every club should ideally have several trained volunteers to cover in the event of an absence. Now we all know BMX is a demanding and time consuming sport to run, so please do spread the burden and offer the opportunity not just to your committee, but to your members and members family. It might help bring in some welcome assistance.
The course is run over 1 day and will commence with a straight forward exam based on the information you will be sent pre course. The day will cover 5 modules and once the course is finished, you will have the opportunity to finalise your qualification and become a Regional Commissaire by assisting at 4 regional events.
2011 Courses can be run on the following dates.
13th March - South and South East England
20th March - West or East Midlands
27th March - South West England
3rd April - Northern England (North West, Yorkshire, North East)
10th April - Eastern and Central England
If your club has willing and available volunteers, please contact your Regional Events Officer by February the 19th
Rachel Fenton firstname.lastname@example.org O7940 302228
BMX Race Software Course
A one day course covering the setting up and use of the BMX Event Management Software that is used for all National and East Anglia Regional events. The course starts with a power point presentation but is mostly "hands-on" with participants working in pairs. If participants or their club have their own laptop with the basic specifications being Microsoft Office 2000 or later (but try to avoid Office XP / Office 2002). A minimum system of a 1Ghz PIII with 256Mb RWM is recommended. While the program will run on lesser systems, some patience is required. The venue costs for these courses are normally funded by the Region and a nominal fee of £10 per participant is charged.
If your club has a willing person (preferably with access to a laptop), please let me know by February the 22nd. In the case of courses becoming over subscribed, a priority system will be used whereby anyone helping at regional level will be considered a priority.
In addition British Cycling Coach Education run the following Level 1 Coaching Award which may interest riders and parents alike:
The BC Level 1 Coaching award is an entry level award and aimed at people entering into cycle coaching for the first time. It is a generic course - not just BMX - but does give coaches the basic skills and knowledge to provide quality sessions to riders at the grass roots level. This course is a 2 day course with a period of about 4 weeks between each day. Participants are required to have a valid First Aid certificate or proof of enrolment on a suitable scheme. This course is open to anyone aged 16 years or over and at the end of day 2 and providing the participant has passed the theory and practical assessments they should leave the course able to begin coaching within the limitations of the course and providing you maintain membership of British Cycling and a valid First Aid qualification the insurance package will be available. Further courses following on from this are available and for more information about these please contact Coach Education at British Cycling. The Level 1 courses are only run when the numbers showing a serious interest are high enough. The cost of this course is £195 but British Cycling, through the Go-Ride Manager always try to get local funding to minimise the costs to participants.
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