As a parent, you will want to ensure that your child is safe whenever they undertake any type of sports activity without your supervision. You will no doubt be reassured that for your child's saftey. Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing is organised by i-Team.cc, which is accredited with British Cycling's Go-Ride & Sport England's Clubmark Accreditation, which require clubs to operate to the highest standards of organisation.
As part of i-Team.cc's ClubMark Accreditaion, Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing is administrated by a dedicated committee that consists of coaches, parents and helpers:
- All P.S.o.C.R. committee members, coaches and helpers are members of i-Team.cc, individual members of British Cycling and have passed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- P.S.o.C.R. has two Club Welfare Officers, who are required to attend a Child Protection Course
- P.S.o.C.R. has Go-Ride sessions for under 16's are delivered by British Cycling qualified coaches, who are also required to attend courses on Child Protection & Equity, follow British Cycling's Code of Conduct, and hold a current First Aid certificate
- P.S.o.C.R. operates under the i-Team.cc Child Protection Policy, which follows British Cycling guidelines for Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Quality coaching in traffic free, controlled environments:
P.S.o.C.R. delivesr coaching activities in traffic-free environments. For most sessions, any type of bike can be used, so long as it is not to big or small for your child, in good condition and well maintained. Suitable clothing and a cycling helmet must be worn. The sessions teach the necessary skills to make riders more competent, safer cyclists and be able to progress on to racing, should they so desire.
What will my child gain from this?
The Go-Ride programme of cycling activities promotes good health and includes fun activities that are easy to learn. As obesity levels in young people rise, cycling can be seen as a very enjoyable way of getting exercise and countering a sedentary lifestyle. We also enforce good behaviour and promote good social skills. We have experience with children on the Autistic spectrum and ADHD.
Will my child be safe?
All Go-Ride clubs have a commitment to ongoing training for their volunteers, coaches and officials, to have a sound structure, to be fair and equitable and to undertake training to support British Cycling's Policies and Guidelines for child protection and best practice. All parents are required to sign a disclaimer before their child takes part in our sessions. P.S.o.C.R. coaches and/or helpers may take suitable photographs of participants to use for promotion of our coaching sessions. Parents may also take photographs of their children with other participants. If you do not want pictures of your child to be used for these purposes, just let one of our coaches or helpers know.
What are the risks of cycling / cycle racing?
Like any sport, Cycling does have its inherent risks, which all riders and parents must accept - especially when new skills are being learnt. Even the best professional riders still fall off occasionally. To mitigate these risks, all coaching sessions are risk assessed and i-Team.cc / P.S.o.C.R. takes all relevant actions to reduce risks to what coaches decide to be a tollerable level. P.S.o.C.R. follows British Cycling's strict limits on coach/rider ratios, which is specific to the coaching facility, coaching activity, coach qualifications and the ability mix of the group. As such, we do everything in our power to provide a safe environment in which your child can cycle and can learn the skills that will ultimately make their cycling safer.
What qualifications do our cycling coaches have?
All P.S.o.C.R. coaches are British Cycling qualified or coaches or coaches in training. All British Cycling coaching awards include sports coach UK's Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, which helps to ensure that our club provides a safe and welcoming environments for young people of all backgrounds. Coaches are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge to suit their particular requirements, for example, attending the sports coach UK workshop How to Coach Disabled People in Sport.
For more detailed information, see >>>British Cycling Safeguarding
Edited by Guy_Watson