Plas y Brenin have supported this pilot project in two ways: through use of the state-of-the-art residential teaching and learning space at Bryn Engan – including its dedicated mountain bike skills course – and observation of the pilot by multi-skilled mountain bike coaches and outdoor leaders from their instructional team.
“The facility at Bryn Engan was perfect for the pilot, as it combines a fantastic indoor classroom facility with a dedicated skills circuit on the doorstep. The pilot also hugely benefited from the expertise of Plas y Brenin staff Pete Catterall, Paul Warnock and James Bruton as they observed the course.
“As multi-disciplinary outdoor professionals qualified to the highest levels, the team was ideally placed to compare the learning methodology and course provision against other equivalent National Governing Body awards. For us, the most critical aspect is parity: that the level of expectation of the learner is similar and the content principles are aligned.”
Pete Catterall, Senior Instructor for Mountain Biking at Plas y Brenin, added:
“We are really excited to be involved in this pilot coach course for Mountain Bike Leaders. Dan and the team at British Cycling have worked hard to put together a course specifically for leaders that will allow them to access the coaching awards in a way that will enable them to deliver coached sessions as part of their led rides out in the mountains and on the trails. When this pathway is rolled out, it will form part of a significantly strengthened package of MTB Coach and Leadership training.”
For the latest news on when the pathway will be available, please email British Cycling on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To explore Plas y Brenin’s existing mountain bike qualification and skills courses, visit the courses page:
Mountain Biking Courses