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More about ERC Juniors

How Do I join?

Potential new Go-Ride members take a introductory session in which they will be graded to determine their bike handling skills and level of fitness.  If you then wish to join the Juniors section you must then become an ERC member and will be assigned to an appropriate group.

The introductory session is free, then subs for a block of around 5 weeks at £4 per seek).  You can join on-line but please read the information on Junior membership below first.

What Do I Need to Bring to a Go-Ride Session?

An off road bike (nothing fancy needed), helmet (no helmet, no ride) and a signed parental consent form.  See the kit list page for more tips on what to bring to the session.

Consent is given at the time of joining the club for events organised under Go-ride and the Youth (U16) and Junior (U18) sections. This information is readily available to the coaches and organisers who run these events and can be updated via your membership login.

ERC online membership application

Under 18s attending a session prior to joining ERC, please download and complete the ERC Young Person Consent Form (PDF format) then take this  along to the session.

Under 18s taking part in club activities other than those specific to U18s must carry a completed consent form which may be verified by the activity leader.

Information for Parents

Communication of upcoming U16 events is facilitated by a closed Facebook group for parents.  Parents can be added to the group after a rider joins the club. U18s communicate with other members and coaches via Facebook.

Child Welfare

ERC Juniors is a British Cycling Go Ride registered club.

British Cycling's Go-Ride Clubmark Accreditation supports the development and recognition of quality junior clubs. As part of the programme, clubs must ensure they have a Club Welfare Officer, who has attended a Child Protection Course. Go-Ride sessions are delivered by British Cycling qualified coaches, who have also attended courses on Child Protection, Equity, and hold a current First Aid certificate.

Quality Coaching in Traffic Free, Controlled Environments

Go-Ride clubs deliver coaching activities in traffic-free environments. Any type of bike can be used, so long as it is in good condition, and a cycling helmet must be worn. The sessions teach the necessary skills to make riders more competent, safer cyclists.

What Will My Child Gain From This?

The Go-Ride programme of cycling activities promotes good health and includes fun activities that are easy to learn. As obesity levels in young people rise, cycling can be seen as a very enjoyable way of getting exercise and countering a sedentary lifestyle.

Will My Child Be Safe?

All Go-Ride clubs have a commitment to ongoing training for their volunteers, coaches and officials, to have a sound structure, to be fair and equitable and to undertake training to support British Cycling's Policies and Guidelines for child protection and best practice. All coaching sessions are risk assessed and clubs take relevant actions to reduce any possible risks. As such, clubs do everything in their power to provide a safe environment in which your child can cycle. Cycling, however, does have its risks and even the best riders still fall off occasionally.

What Qualifications Do Go-Ride Coaches Have?

All coaches in Go-Ride clubs must be British Cycling qualified coaches. All British Cycling coaching awards include sports coach UK's "Safeguarding and Protecting Children" workshop, which helps to ensure that Go-Ride clubs are safe and welcoming environments for young people of all backgrounds. Coaches are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge to suit their particular requirements, for example, attending the sports coach UK workshop "How to Coach Disabled People in Sport". British Cycling has a Coach Licensing Scheme that requires all qualified coaches to retain annual membership and hold a valid First Aid certificate.

Sonya Crawford is the Club Welfare Officer (piglet.eyeore@blueyonder.co.uk).  She provides information and advice on child protection in the club, and should be contacted by anyone with child protection concerns.

ERC Youth Policy

You can download a copy of the ERC Youth Policy (PDF), and the British Cycling code of conduct (PDF).

Youth rider access to track cycling

Access to the track is achieved in several ways.

  1. Over the summer we hold track sessions at Meadowbank Velodrome. This is suitable for more experienced youths and requires specialised equipment to ride the banked wooden track.  You can find out more about Meadowbank Velodrome here.
  2. Riders who achieve velodrome accreditation can race in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Wednesday evening league. 
  3. Our regional development officer organises sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for riders aged 10+. These are led by ERC and other club coaches.
  4. The youngest members can ride on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in one of our 'party' sessions.

More Information

Check the What's on? diary page for details of club activities.

Please read the Frequently asked questions page for answers to common queries, or contact us for more information.

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