Youth Coaching


Our aim

We aim to provide quality safe secure cycle coaching for young people of all abilities aged from 4-16. As a Sport England Club Mark accredited club, you can be sure we have high standards of welfare, equity, coaching and Club management.  All of our coaches have undergone British Cycling coaching courses, as well as First Aid and Safeguarding Children training, and are DBS checked.


Our history

The Youth Section of Stockton Wheelers cycling club began when Colin Leckonby, club president, and Kevin Kilcullen, lead coach, offered cycling coaching at St Gregory’s Roman Catholic primary School in Stockton.  The initial eleven children came to regular Saturday morning training sessions beginning in March 2007.  Within the space of a year the cycle sessions moved to Our Lady and St Bede’s Secondary School in Stockton primarily as our popularity was such that we needed a bigger area.  Thus our youth section found its current format; two sessions each of an hour with a good ratio of qualified club coaches to riders and plenty of young volunteers to help out.

In March 2011 we moved our sessions to our current home at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit and continue to go from strength to strength. We currently have over 140 youth members.

 

Where you can find us

The youth section meets every Saturday morning at Middlesbrough Cycling Circuit, Middlesbrough Sports Village, Alan Peacock Way, TS4 3AE.  We currently run two sessions.  The only Saturdays that the sessions won't be held are at Christmas and Easter, apart from  where extreme weather conditions close the circuit, or occasional exceptional circumstances.

Beginners session - 9:45 to 10:45am. This session is designed for children with no or very little riding experience, or those who wish to improve basic skills.  We use balance bikes for those who have yet to master riding and often operate a ratio of one coach to two riders, where possible, for the very beginners.  Our success rate is high with many of our riders progressing on to the more advanced groups and representing the club in regional and national youth racing competitions.  In this session we concentrate on bike handling skills.

We currently have a waiting list for our learn-to-ride group within this session. If you would like your child's name to be added to the list, please contact Michelle Kilcullen on membership@stocktonwheelers.org.uk

 

Racing Skills session - 10:45 to 11:45am for groups B & C, 10.45 to 12.15pm for group A 

This session is designed for older children who have mastered the basic skills of cycling and wish to develop their skills further and perhaps develop some racing techniques.  Within this session we have 3 groups so that specific individual development of all cycling skills can be taught.

PLEASE NOTE: All riders attending coaching sessions for the first time will need to attend the 9.45am session for assessment, to ensure that they are placed in an appropriate group for their abilities.

Please print and complete this form to bring with you as it will save time on the day, but don’t worry if you don’t have access to a printer as some spare forms will be available at the session.


Cost

£3.50 for members and £4.00 for non-members. Membership is optional for the beginners session but for the intermediate (race skills) session riders have to join after 2 taster sessions.


The Coaching Team


   Kevin Kilcullen 

Kevin is the lead coach for the club and has been with the club since 1995.  He currently holds a British Cycling Level 3 qualification in coaching for road and time trials.  He is one of the founders of the club youth section. In addition he is CTC qualified as a mountain bike trail leader and a Level 2 Cytech bike mechanic.


Awards held:

British Cycling North East Coach of the Year 2009 and 2012.

Stockton Borough Council Coach of the Year 2012 and Runner up 2009 & 2013.

British Cycling North East Event Official of the Year 2013.


 

Colin Leckonby
Colin is President of Stockton Wheelers Cycling Club and the other founder member of the club youth section.  As Go-Ride Club Welfare Officer, Colin is the person to speak to if you have any safeguarding concerns. He is brilliant with a toolbox and will adjust many of the children’s and/or adult’s bikes. Colin can also often be found in the kitchen at sessions overseeing the refreshments.


Callum Bowler
Callum is a British Cycling Level 2 Coach and has been with us in this capacity since 2011, although he has been in the club since 2008 years as helpful parent whist his 2 sons participated in coaching and racing with Stockton Wheelers. He has become more involved in recent years and has participated in club time trials after many years absence with the aim to better his oldest son’s times. Callum qualified as a British Cycling Track coach in 2016 and runs sessions for the club's members at Middlesbrough Velodrome


Sam Waugh

Sam is a British Cycling Level 2 coach and has been with us in this capacity since 2012. Sam became involved in the club first of all as a helpful parent whilst her daughter participated in coaching and racing with Stockton Wheelers. Sam qualified as a British Cycling Track coach in 2016 and runs sessions for the club's members at Middlesbrough Velodrome. She is a very keen mountain biker as well!




Declan Bowler

Declan is a British Cycling Level 1 Coach and started with the club as a youth rider in 2008. He has represented the club at local and regional level races from youth level right through to senior level.
Awards held: Stockton Borough Council Young Volunteer or the Year 2012.



Aidan Bowler

Aidan is a British Cycling Level 1 Coach and has been with the club since 2008. He has represented the club at local and regional level races.



Michael O’Driscoll

Michael is a British Cycling Level 1 Coach and has been with the club since 2012. He has represented the club at local and regional level races as a youth rider and is looking forward to racing as a junior.


Michelle Kilcullen

Michelle is the club membership secretary and has been with the club since 1996. She has in the past participated in time trials and would dearly love to have the time to do more rides. She can often be found helping out on Saturdays when her work schedule allows and also deals with any membership enquiries that the club receives.

Awards held: Stockton Borough Council Volunteer of the Year 2013


Contact us

If you would like to come along and join us feel free to drop in to any Saturday session.  One of us will be there to answer any questions you may have.  Alternatively please contact Kevin Kilcullen on 01642 883160.


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