17th May 2019

British Cycling Mountain Bike Coaching Pilot at Plas y Brenin

Written by Jack Nicholl

Plas y Brenin hosted the pilot for an exciting new coaching course from British Cycling. The course – expected to become available later in the year - will present exciting opportunities for existing mountain bike leaders.

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On 13-14 May 2019, Plas y Brenin hosted the pilot for an exciting new coaching course from British Cycling. The course – expected to become available later in the year – will present exciting opportunities for existing mountain bike leaders to increase their skills and offer more to their riders than ever before.

Dan Cook, Mountain Bike Leadership Manager at British Cycling, said:

“Through conducting numerous research studies, we have identified a need for mountain bike leaders to also be able to coach riders and provide more rounded riding experiences. As such, we have been developing a new pathway for mountain bike leaders to access the Level 2 Mountain Bike Coach Award.

“This takes leaders beyond ‘tips and tricks’ into being able to facilitate rider skill development. They will be able to take riders into the outdoors, show them amazing places and improve their riding at the same time.”

The new pathway will be open to leaders at level 2 and 3, allowing them to access the Level 2 Mountain Bike Coach Award. Leaders with different levels of qualification will be trained to the same level of coaching standards, however the environment they can coach in will be dependent on their leadership award level.

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.

Dan continued:

“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 mtbleadership@britishcycling.org.uk.

To explore Plas y Brenin’s existing mountain bike qualification and skills courses, visit the courses page:

 

Mountain Biking Courses

Bryn Engan – Meetings with a Difference

The coaching pilot was delivered from the Bryn Engan hub, a unique facility which combines a comfortable 13-bedroom farmhouse and state-of-the-art teaching and training space, with an integrated bike workshop and MTB skills circuit on the doorstep.

The Anvil Farmhouse and The Forge teaching area can be booked together or separately, and are perfect for corporate development days and retreats, conferences and off-site meetings.

 

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