The Academy was launched in 2015 and is the youth section
of Beacon RCC that provides cycling coaching for children
aged 5 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.
Whilst it's all about fun some children choose to race representing
the club from under 8s age in the West Midlands Circuit, West
Midlands Cyclocross League, British School Cycling Association
races, and the Halesowen Friday Night Track League and all
the necessary skills for these are covered in the coaching
sessions. All abilities, girls and boys and all ages from
five upwards are welcome at the coaching sessions.
All of our coaches have British Cycling Coaching qualifications
and have full CRB clearance and are first aid trained and
we have a
, Dave Cox.
The sessions take place fortnightly on Tuesday evenings on
the playing fields at Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville 6.20-7.30pm.
We normally run ten or eleven sessions across spring and summer
from April to September, dates are on the Beacon Cycling Academy
Facebook and our Message Board pages from January. There may
be one or two additional sessions during 2016 at other cycling
facilities in the West Midlands (to be confirmed).
A well functioning bike and helmet is all that is required
and the child needs to be a paid up youth member (£10) and
a parental consent form needs to be completed too. There is
no cost to the coaching, it is included in membership so it
works out at less than £1 per session.
Any enquiries please contact Tim Egan via the Beacon
Academy Facebook Page.
Safeguarding & Welfare
In line with most sports clubs we have a welfare officer,
currently David Cox, who has been on the Sports Partnership
Safeguarding and Protecting Children training. Any concerns
re safeguarding, child protection or protection of vulnerable
people can be referred to David in the first instance
via a direct message on the message board,
or by phone using a number published in the membership