Career as a Cycling Coach

Job Overview: Cycling coaches, also known as cycling instructors, assist individuals in enhancing their cycling abilities.

Salary and Hours:

  • Average Salary: £18,000 to £27,000 per year
  • Typical Working Hours: 36 to 38 hours per week, often including evenings, weekends, and bank holidays

How to Become:

  1. University: Pursue a foundation degree, higher national diploma, or degree in a sports-related field like sports science.
  • Entry Requirements: Typically 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, and 2 to 3 A levels for a degree.
  1. Apprenticeship: Start with an intermediate apprenticeship as a community activator coach.
  • Entry Requirements: Some GCSEs, usually including English and maths.
  1. Volunteering: Develop coaching skills through volunteering, with opportunities available through organisations like British Cycling.
  2. Other Routes: Obtain qualifications in coaching through professional bodies like British Cycling, offering levels ranging from Foundation Award to Certificate in Coaching Cycling.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Leadership skills
  • Teaching and motivational abilities
  • Patience and composure in stressful situations
  • Excellent verbal communication and course design skills
  • Attention to detail and initiative
  • Basic computer proficiency

Restrictions and Requirements:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Enhanced background checks
  • First aid certification
  • Minimum age requirement: 18 years

Day-to-Day Tasks:

  • Planning coaching activities for different rider groups
  • Improving riding techniques
  • Promoting cycling through collaboration with schools, community groups, and sports organisations

Working Environment:

  • Sports fields, arenas, or race tracks

Career Progression:

  • Development coach roles with organisations like British Cycling
  • Employment with local authorities or sports development organisations
  • Self-employment as a coach designing training programmes
  • Transition into other areas of the sports industry with experience

A good opportunity! The pay range is wild tho haha

This sounds like such an exciting career path! I’ve always loved cycling, and the idea of helping others improve their skills sounds incredibly rewarding.

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