Tuesday 26 January 2016

South Inter-Regional Youth Championships-Call for Team Managers & Team Coaches

South Inter-Regional Youth Championships - Call for Team Managers and Team Coaches


The British Cycling Inter-Regional Youth Championships are often seen as the pinnacle of youth competition in the UK. Coming towards the end of the season they offer riders the chance to experience multi day events in a team environment that takes them (sometimes for the first time) away from their parents. There are events for three disciplines: Road, Track and Mountain Bike. The UK School Games double as the Inter-Regional Championships for one of the disciplines; in 2016 this will be the Road Inter-Regional Championship

The South Region Youth Work Group is looking to appoint a Team Manager and Team Coach for each of the three Inter-Regional Championships in 2016.

The events pit the best riders in the country against each other and provide an incredible development opportunity for the selected riders. In addition, they are great development events for aspiring Team Managers and Coaches.

2016 Inter-Regional Events

The Inter-Regional Road Championship will take place in early September and be part of the School Games. There will be a wide-range of road-based events including a criterium, time trial, team time trial and road race.

The Inter-Regional Track Championships will take place towards the end of September. The event will be contested over the 9 World Championship events: Sprint; Keirin; Time Trial; Scratch; Points; Pursuit; Madison; Team Sprint and Team Pursuit.

The Inter-Regional MTB Championship will provisionally take place at the end of August. There will be a wide-range of off road events including a skills based competition and a full Cross-Country race.

Team Manager and Team Coach Job Description and Person Specification

The Team Manager will be responsible for:

Working with the Youth Work Group to manage the team’s participation at the events and to be part of rider selection discussions prior to the final selection being made by the Youth Work Group.

Providing and organising some event specific training for the selected riders.

Working with the Youth Work Group to organise logistics, travel and accommodation for the event.

Dealing with any team entry and administration needed.

Managing the team during the event.

Upholding a duty of care and adhering to the Team Manager’s Code of Conduct, as published by British Cycling, ahead of the event.

Providing all financial costs and receipts for the event to the Youth Work Group.

Reporting back (as a written brief) to the Youth Work Group on the performance of the team at the event.

The Team Coach will be responsible for:

Supporting the Team Manager by planning discipline specific sessions for ALL long listed riders; the Coach leading on training and the Manager organising bookings etc.

Providing coaching advice to the riders in the team whilst at the event and helping riders to perform to the best of their ability.

Supporting the riders with mechanical and technical advice and help.

Upholding a duty of care and adhering to the Team Coach’s Code of Conduct, as published by British Cycling, ahead of the event. 

All Team Manager and Team Coach candidates must:

Be current British Cycling members
Have a validated and up to date Enhanced DBS check with British Cycling
Have passed a safeguarding and protecting children course within the last 3 years
Have proven previous experience of working with young people, preferably (although not essential) from a BC Go-Ride club, as this will ensure they are knowledgeable of the best practices when working with young people
Have in depth knowledge and experience of the discipline of the event applying for (Road, Track or Mountain Bike)
Have knowledge of Anti-Doping procedures
Respect the Rider code of conduct, and set good examples
Have a valid Level 2 British Cycling coaching qualification (Team Coach role only)
Hold a current valid BC verified First Aid certificate (Team Coach role only)

Application Process

Letters of application are now welcome, in which candidates should state clearly:

Which of the three 2016 Inter Regional Championships the application is for: Road; Track; or Mountain Bike and for which position, either Team Manager or Team Coach. 

Details of your relevant experience in both the discipline and with working with developing athletes.

Applications can be made for more than one event and position if desired.

Please e-mail applications to: SouthYouthTeam@Outlook.com

Recruitment Timescales

Team Manager and Team Coach - application deadline for all events: 29 February 2016

Team Manager and Team Coach - appointments for each event will be made by: 11 March 2016

Rider Selection Criteria for each event will be published by: 29 January 2016

Team selection will be confirmed with riders, parents and coaches no later than 1 month before each individual event.

The British Cycling South Region Board, via the Youth Work Group, will be responsible for:

Endorsing the appointment of Team Manager and Team Coach for each of the three events.

Setting and communicating rider selection criteria to the region’s clubs and coaches for each of the three events.

Liaising with event promoters and providing necessary organisational and administrative support to the Team Managers.

Authorising reasonable expense claims for the Team Manager and Team Coach for each of the events.

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