Glasgow Riderz AGM- 16th January 2016
The Burrell Collection, Pollok Park
Apologies; The Johnston family, Les Thompson, Johnathan Kemp, Greig Scott, Jason Barnes and Scot Nelson
Review of the year 2015- Graeme Robb
During 2015 we had 133 members, 20 on waiting list.
As of 16/1/16; 110 renewals with 7 further expected to renew. This allows for new places for the coming year.
At the August coach’s meeting it was decided to revise the club ages to 7-18 as it was felt 5&6 year-olds were too young. It was also decided to introduce Saturday road rides for members 12 and over that are competent.
Finally the club’s goal was defined – “To Ensure Children Get the Most From Cycling.”
Midweeks session Monday roller sessions & Thursday crit/cyclo cross with price to remain at £2.
2015 was a successful year for the club – grassroots MTB sessions have been held in Pollock Park and we have organised 6 races of various disciplines across the year.
in 2016 5 events have been arranged and coaches will require adult help in organising, marshalling etc.
Parents please use the British Cycling Activities manager to help coaches plan session attendance.
The Facebook Group is a closed group is for parents and members over 13-years-old.
Members are asked to attend regularly coaches have reported that attendance is the biggest factor in skills progression.
There are three sponsors currently; Billy Bilsland, Clyde Blowers and Siempre whose investment all remained at same level. A headline sponsor is being sought.
Pactimo has been manufacturing the kit for the last three years and this successful association is due for renewal in August. There is a desire to continue with this manufacturer as it ties in with the contracts of the shirt sponsors, and the coaches have been given coaching tops by the company.
There was also a successful uptake on hoodies and will look at this again and t-shits for the start of the session.
The club is still looking for coaches and parent-helpers. Scottish Cycling are running coaching courses in January at level one introductory level. Glasgow Life also running Road Cycling Leaders courses, the course needs 8 participants to run.
Child protection refresher courses are being run in 2016 for the coaches.
Treasurer Review Andrew McCafferty
Comments. Under main outgoings, concern was expressed that coaching courses were not the main expenditure at only £750, as this showed not enough people being trained as coaches. At present there are 15 qualified coaches but sometimes only 6 are available on Saturday mornings.
Race levies and other stuff amounted to £1200 as the club pays for race fees for members in competition.
The biggest expenditure was floodlights at £2700 which allows for cyclo-cross events to run in low light and allows the club to function across winter. These events have been well attended.
Although facility hire was £1000, a lot of unrecognised in-kind support was received from Glasgow Life in respect of using Nether Pollok, Bellahouston Park and the Emirates Arena.
AM added that to allow the road rides to function with increased diversity, 2 coaches were needed to cater for the different speeds of individual riders.
Lead Coach Review Edd Shackley
Edd advised he was stepping down as lead coach but would remain a club coach.
ES began by regretting he was less involved in the Saturday sessions however when there, he was impressed by the skill levels on display, especially amongst the very young and was also pleased with the politeness of the kids.
There are currently 21 coaches affiliated to the club with seven or eight who are regulars. It is important to encourage parents to do the level one course, especially as when children leave club, the parent coaches will also be lost.
ES said there is lot to be proud of in the club thanks to the achievements of the riders at all levels. There is a high participation in grassroots racing at all levels. A beginning in Glasgow Riderz has been shown to set a solid foundation for positive end results at the highest level with two former Riderz now in the British Senior Olympic Track Development Squad based in Manchester
Jonathan Mitchell & Jack Cruden both won Bronze at under-23 World Championship
Lewis Stewart British Cycling Junior Academy and winner of the Future Stars Track series
Jack Cruden is now on the British Cycling apprentice programme
Over 10 Scottish Championship medals as well as impressive international results.
Edd offered a big thank you to the coaches as well as to GR for keeping it all going.
Equally the club took the opportunity to acknowledge of Edd’s role and support in the club, He is a founding member of the club and has been chairman and Head Coach for a number of years, devoting a huge amount of time and commitment to help make the club what it is today.
Election of New Committee.
Chair Jonathan Kemp
Secretary Graeme Robb
Treasurer Andrew McCaffery
Lead coach Unfilled*
Parent Member Chad Butz
Social Convener Michelle Kelly
Welfare Officer Scott Morrison
Youth Representative tba
*Lead coach perhaps split into two to provide overview and structure, with goal of encouraging members to stay on until 17. At present, there is a tendency to not attend the club sessions from 14.
Position could possibly be filled by young adult rather than parent and the idea that this could be a paid position was discussed. It was felt this road would be expensive and would change the nature of the club. Perhaps the lead coach position filled by someone looking at their own CPD. Andy McCafferty look into the role further and act as Lead Coach in the interim.
Club constitution ratified.
Fees to remain the same:
Ratified. Free gift this year will be a woolly bobble hat inscribed with name of club.
To remain the same as 2015- £2 or £5 for non-members
A bid was submitted to the Braveheart Fund in November, still waiting for response.
Supporting Youth Riders:
It was proposed that the club support riders on the Youth Tour of Scotland to the sum of £1000. This would cover the accommodation costs of the three day race.
Also plans to subsidise riders racing that have qualified at a national level.
A child protection refresher has to be organised for all coaches and to include the parent helpers
The club aim to have two coaches and parent helpers per group. each adult would need a PVG and would stay with the same group to build continuity. The coaches also need to supply their own bike.
At this point, thanks were offered to Jason Barnes and everyone who supported last Sunday’s event in Pollok Park (10/1/16), where 180 were booked into the event, with 35 women competing in the morning and 140 children in the afternoon.
From the floor the Scottish Cycling course – “Positive Coaching Scotland” was recommended. Glasgow Life will run the course if enough people sign up., Elizabeth Adams is already in talks with Glasgow Life about the course.
Pete Shuttleworth asked for material for the website, which has between 1000 to 3000 unique visitors a month. Popular posts receive about 200 readers a month. One new post needed each week to show the club is active.
From the floor, it was suggested that a t-shirt be given to new members, to make them feel part of the club, as when the Pactimo window is closed there can be a wait to be kitted out. The club agreed to make the T-shirts & hoodies available to all members. This would also help make new members more visible to coaches. Perhaps these could cost £10.
It was also suggested a rain jacket or bib with the club logo on them could be a more practical alternative.
It was also suggested that a set of radios/ helmet radios be budgeted for the road rides to keep the group in contact with each other. Backpacks with First Aid kits and tools also need to be purchased for coaches.
Les Thompson asked for help on a Saturday morning with containers and registering the kit lent out.
Aim is to have a club registration night before the first Saturday back in early March. Dates TBC.