Published: 18th Dec 2023 Images: Scottish Cycling

Kickstarting 2024 with club focussed webinar series 

Following a successful conference in November, with over 100 volunteers in attendance from clubs across Scotland, Scottish Cycling’s Club Development team are excited to share a series of webinars, starting in January, covering various topics that clubs have highlighted they are interested in learning more about. 

Each webinar will be led by a member of the Club Development team, alongside members of the community directly involved in the delivery of projects and programmes that are being discussed. 

We will be kicking off on 17th January with a further look at our Accelerate and Activate programme, where we will continue the conversation we started at the Conference, with Hubert Przychodzen (Club Development Officer at Falkirk Junior Bike Club) and Stuart Balfour (Club Development Officer at Edinburgh RC and West Lothian Claron CC). Head of Development (Clubs and Coaching) Fraser Johnston will provide an overview of the programme, and then lead a Q&A session with Hubert and Stuart, focusing on two key projects they have delivered:

1) Building a programme for Young Coaches
2) Creating new youth development opportunities 

If this is something your club wants to explore, come and join us! 

In early February we are repeating one of the most popular workshops from our Conference, led by Club Development Coordinator, Kate Jackson. Kate led a discussion around the principles of partnership working, sharing practical examples from across the network of clubs, and providing some key points to ensure this sort of collaboration is fruitful for all involved. If you have had challenges in the past working with external partners, or considering whether this could support your clubs development in the future, this is the session for you.  

In mid-February, we will hear from two of our Cycling Facilities Funded projects; Clyde Cycle Park (with Project Coordinator Carol Thompson) and Bellshill Cycling Hub (with Dan Scott from Social Track). Facilitated by Club Development Coordinator, Ewan McArthur, this discussion will explore how both organisations have activated these new facilities, and what opportunities have been created – both for traditional cycling clubs, and other community organisations. If you are part of a facility project, this will be a great session for you.  

The next session at the end of the month will see us team up with Fife Cycle Speedway to discuss how cycle speedway can complement other disciplines, offer many transferable skills, and be a lot of fun! With only four riders needed for a team, there is the possibility of clubs being able to join the Cycle Speedway Scottish League in 2024.  This info session will be followed by a come and try session at Fife Cycle Speedway in March.  

Finally, in March we will be creating an opportunity for new clubs to come together and hear from some of our existing clubs, who will share practical ideas around how to structure themselves, attracting volunteers and building the profile of your club. If you’re just starting out, or been at it for a while, but keen to hear new ideas, this session would be valuable for you.  

Sign up for sessions in advance via the links below: 

Wednesday 17th January 8-9pm – The Impact of Accelerate and Activate 

Thursday 8th February 7-8pm – The Perfect Partnership 

Monday 19th February – 8-9pm – Bringing New Facilities to Life  

Thursday 22nd February 7-8pm – Cycle Speedway  

Tuesday 12th March 7-8pm – The Basics of Building a Club  

If you’d like to hear about something else that isn’t included above, please get in touch with the Club Development team via email – [email protected]