How to become a Cycling Coach

The popularity of cycling has exploded in recent years. In this country cycling for pleasure and fitness as well as an everyday mode of transport has been on the increase steadily for the last few years.

There are many reasons why this is the case and for a more in-depth discussion around cycling and just how brilliant it is in general, we recently covered this in an article – Will more cycling jobs be coming to the UK?

Are you passionate about cycling and considering taking your passion that step further? If you have the skills to inspire others and share knowledge and expertise, then a career as a cycling coach could be for you. As a bonus, don’t forget the incredible health benefitting side-effects from working in the fitness industry too – coaching people and keeping fit at the same time – it doesn’t get any better!

How to be a cycling coach

Cycling coach jobs

There are many areas where cycling coaches are needed, such as in schools, in community groups, local racing groups, outdoor activity centres, and health clubs.

To begin your journey initially you will need a qualification from British Cycling. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/education

In the first instance to undertake the Level One course you need to be at least 16 years old. The Level One Award in Coaching Cycling is a short course and a great starting point in your training. Once you progress through the training and up the levels, there are options to qualify in specific areas, such as cycle speedway or BMX coaching, making sure your particular passion is catered for.

For a fuller list of the courses, duration and costs here is a full list from the British Cycling website:
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/coaching/article/coast_awards_overview_page

Be a cycling coach

Should you decide to take your career to the advanced stages you could find yourself coaching future Olympic champions and be a mentor for other coaches. Whether working at a Mountain Bike Trail Centre or an indoor cycling track, working in the industry that makes you happy always has to make the training and hard work worthwhile.

Love what you do, do what you love.

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Will more cycling jobs be coming to the UK?

Here at 4 Leisure Recruitment, we are fully expecting to see a rise in cycling jobs in the UK. Whether the rise in the popularity of cycling is down to another British Tour de France winner or a result of austerity and greater concern for the environment, we see the potential for more people cycling to create more jobs in cycling.

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Cycling Jobs

Leaving aside the people taking advantage of extra work in the gig economy as cycle couriers and delivery drivers, the leisure industry will be our main focus of cycling jobs. These jobs could include cycling for fitness coaches, cycling scheme co-ordinators, and cycling proficiency instructors. All are vital in developing cycling both as a leisure activity and a sustainable and cost-effective method of transport.

The rise of cycling

While there is a long way to go to catch up with the levels of cycling right after World War II, cycling both as a leisure activity and a mode of transport has been steadily rising over the last few years. Particularly in large cities like London where schemes such as the ‘Boris bikes’ and a huge spend on cycling provision including the cycle superhighways, cycling has experienced huge increases, almost quadrupling in twenty years. There are also large levels of cycling in student-heavy urban areas such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh.

Compared to most other EU countries, the UK has fairly low levels of cycling. Holland, for example, has 43% of people who cycle daily – in the UK this figure is 4%. But this figure is growing and the success of Team GB in international road and track cycling events certainly hasn’t been hindered by the relative lack of cycling commuters.

To see more facts and figures about cycling in the UK, please see Cycling UK’s Cycling Statistics

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Why cycling?

Cycling as a leisure activity is relatively cheap – once you’ve bought the bike and other essential equipment, it doesn’t cost anything to use public roads. It’s a fantastic way of helping with Cardiovascular endurance, muscle development, and overall stamina. It’s lower impact than running, and can be a lot more interesting! You can certainly get further in your exercise time and see more.

Cycling as a sustainable method of transport is cheaper than running a car and better for the environment. You can also get places you couldn’t get in a car, such as dedicated cycling lanes, or free parking within a reasonable distance of your workplace. There are issues when it comes to taking passengers or being able to do much more than a small bag of shopping on the way home, but in a big city like London which has high traffic levels, dedicated cycling provision, and high parking charges, taking a cycle can make sense more often than not.

Cycle schemes such as the successful ‘Boris bikes’ in London are now spreading. There are cycle hire schemes in many major UK cities, making cycle ownership less of a necessity, which is fantastic for those who don’t have much in the way of cycle storage provision at home or in their workplace.

With increasing petrol prices, greater concern for the environment, and the emphasis on cycling for better health, cycling jobs are sure to grow for the foreseeable future.

 

Current jobs in cycling:-

 Here are some of the cycling jobs we have in at the moment (updated July 2018)

 Marketing Manager  – Edinburgh Cycle Hire Scheme

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a leading leisure brand with a new cycle hire scheme to be launched in Edinburgh.

https://www.4leisurerecruitment.co.uk/jobs/edinburgh,-city-of/health-fitness/senior-appointments/marketing-manager-edinburgh/3048/