NB: Beacon Academy events are currently suspended due to the national COVID-19 lockdown. Please click here for updates.
Beacon RCC is a British Cycling Go-Ride club. Through our Academy, we provide a programme of activities and Go-Ride coaching sessions aimed at young riders. The Academy was launched in 2015 and is the youth section of Beacon RCC that provides cycling coaching for children aged five and upwards who are able to ride a bike without stabilisers. The emphasis is on fun and improving bike handling skills and confidence and ability to ride and race safely around others. Members learn lots of skills including cornering, braking, riding close to others, racing, dismounting, pedalling and how to use gears.
The first coaching session is free, so you can give it a try without cost, and then youth membership is just £10 per year (family membership is also available for £25), and then it’s £2 per session. To buy membership, please click here. The racing events are Go-Ride informal races, so that our riders can have locally based friendly competition with young riders from other local clubs. Beacon membership is not a requirement for these events.
The weather can occasionally be quite cold at Holders Lane, Rowheath and Calthorpe Park, so please ensure that participants have suitable clothing for the weather conditions. Gloves are strongly recommended and warm clothing are essential in colder weather.
Details of 2021 Academy events will be added here once we are able to plan them with more certainty.
Please check the Beacon Cycling Academy Facebook page for updates on sessions, as we post any cancellations or alterations to sessions there.
Whilst it’s all about fun, some children choose to race representing the club in the West Midlands Circuit, West Midlands Cyclocross League, British School Cycling Association races, and the Halesowen Friday Night Track League. Our coaching sessions are structured to give young riders all the skills they’ll need to enjoy racing. Our focus is always that young riders enjoy their cycling and there is no expectation that riders will move on to competition. We run occasional sessions at Halesowen track for specific skills. All abilities, girls and boys and all ages from five upwards are welcome at the coaching sessions.
As part of our Go-Ride accreditation, we follow best practice in child protection, coaching and competition, equality and club management. For parents or young cyclists, the Go-Ride recognition provides confidence to know that our club is safe, well managed and an exciting place to be. All our coaches have enhanced DBS status and are first-aid trained. Our club Welfare Officer is Kate Dighton, who can be contacted by email at .
We look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions. If you have any enquiries, please contact the Academy co-ordinator, Adrian Ravenscroft, at .