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Youth Development Programme update and call for applications

Since the beginning of 2020  Welland Valley CC  have supported young riders , following work led by Rowland Summerlin to better understand why young riders often step away from cycling and the Club and whether there are steps the Club can take to better support and mentor riders as they progress from Whizz Kids.

The Club has established a relationship with the Bryan Steel Youth Academy, and provides 50% of the funding required to join the Academy.   

In 2021 two riders have been supported in the Academy, with another focusing on British Cycling regional and national cross and MTB programmes.

The Club is inviting applications to support a small number of riders in 2022.  These applications are to support riders in working with the Bryan Steel Youth Academy, but  the club is also receptive to  reasonable alternatives.  

To apply, riders need to be a first claim member of Welland Valley Cycling Club, and:

  • Submit their cycling CV; with
  • Either a covering letter or a short vlog demonstrating their commitment and setting out why they should be supported, and;
  • A supporting letter from a parent or guardian

To benefit from this support, riders should be juveniles or juniors as defined by the WVCC Club Calendar.

The deadline for applications is 22nd December 2021, and applications should be sent to Club Secretary Stuart Dawkins by email (

Riders selected will receive external support starting in January 2022.

The Committee recognises that riders may naturally progress to join bespoke racing teams in the future. It is not the Club’s intention to go down this route, but to ensure talented riders progress with WVCC as far as it makes sense for them to do, and so are not lost to the sport along the way.

For more information please contact Jon Durnin, and for a coaching discussion please contact Simon Ward.

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