Vale of Belvoir Cycling Club - Cycle Coaching Sessions

Great news Summer Junior Coaching is here !

VBCC are scheduling 6 sessions dedicated to Junior coaching. Please see the Q&A below for details of what is planned and how to get involved  


Q: Who is coaching for?
Basically any junior who can already ride a bike but who is looking to develop their performance and knowledge by learning and practising cycling techniques in a traffic-free environment.

Q: What does coaching involve?
The coaching sessions will be based on the 3 key areas of core cycling, bike handling and group riding techniques.

Q: Is there a required standard / minimum age in order to take part?
Children / juniors should be of at least full-time school age and be able to ride a bicycle unaided (and without the use of stabilisers).

Q: Where will the coaching take place, when and at what time?
Bingham Leisure Centre running track (at the top of the playing fields) will be the primary coaching venue, which provides an all-weather surface and foodlights.  Occasional sessions will be held at the Harvey Hadden cycle racing circuit in Bilborough.

Places for each coaching block will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

In total in the current block there are 6 sessions, all at: 11.45 to 12.30 on –

  • Saturday 1st July 
  • Saturday 8th July 
  • Saturday 15th July
  • Saturday 22nd July
  • Saturday 29th July
  • Saturday 5th August  

Coaching will then resume with a autumn block September and October getting ready for the cyclo cross season.

Q: How much does each session cost?
Each coaching block will be £20 for six sessions. 

Q: What equipment do I need? / What do I need to bring along to the coaching sessions?

  • A bike (in good maintained condition and with two working brakes), helmet, suitable clothing and footwear.
  • Road bikes, hybrid bikes and mountain bikes are all acceptable.
  • BMX bikes are generally not suitable as they usually only have one brake.  Unfortunately, balance bikes are not permitted.
  • Water bottle.
  • Regrettably, if participants attend sessions without a helmet, wearing inappropriate clothing and/or with bikes in an unsuitable condition then they will be unable to take part in that particular session.

Q: Who will be conducting the coaching?
The coaching sessions will be run by Head Coach Matt Byrne, a founder member of VBCC and a British Cycling Level 2 qualified coach, the nationally recognised qualification for coaching cycling.  Matt has been a keen road cyclist for the past 7 years and helped establish VBCC in 2014.  The provision of access to cycle coaching for members is one of VBCC’s key development areas.

Matt holds a valid and current Emergency First Aid Certificate, a current Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure & Barring Service for coaching children and vulnerable adults registered with the British Cycling Federation and has successfully completed EduCare’s Child Protection in Sport and Active Leisure Level 2.

Matt is also a member of British Cycling and VBCC.

Please note, although Matt will be running the coaching sessions, he may require some occasional voluntary assistance from parents / spectators, depending on group sizes.

We now have a further four British Cycling Level 1 qualified coaches who will be helping deliver the coaching program for VBCC. Glyn Horsfield (VBCC Junoir Development VBCC Committee) Peter Robinson (VBCC Committe) and Ruth Russell and Ross Glendinning.    

Q: Are the coaching sessions insured?
As a British Cycling qualified coach and member, Matt has the benefit of the following insurance protection in respect of his coaching sessions:

Public Liability insurance - £10m (limit of indemnity)
Professional Indemnity insurance - £5m (limit of indemnity)

Please note that it is a requirement for ALL participants in any coaching sessions to have completed and submitted a Rider Information and Coaching Consent form prior to taking part. Please return back to Glyn at or – the form is a pre-requisite to attend and no exceptions will be made.

Q: How do I book my Child a place?

To book this session, please please complete the Coaching Consent form (download above) and email back to Glyn at or mattbyrne74@gmail.comand.

Payment of £20 for all 6 session will then need to be made on-line into the club account (Account number 69215332. Sort Code 600241) with the child’s name as reference. 

Q: Anything else you need to be aware of:

Finally, on the day, ensure that your child brings a drink to stay hydrated, layers as it can blow a chilly wind on the top track, and it is essential that they have visited the toilet ahead of the session as ferrying kids back and forth will interrupt the 45 minute schedule.

Please feel free to contact either Matt direct (07947 733791)(Email:, or the VBCC junior rep Glyn Horsfield on  if you have any further queries regarding the coaching sessions.