Wrighty is in line for a top cycling award from BC. Well done Brian
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Cycling Coach in Line for Top Award
Posted: 10th November 2010
Brian Wright passes on instructions to pupils at Field End Junior School
Cycling Coach Brian Wright has been shortlisted for the 2010 Participation Coach of the Year Award.
Brian has worked tirelessly, and continues to do so at nearly 70-years-old, to launch cycling clubs for all sections of society, whether male or female, young or old.
After establishing Hillingdon Slipstreamers as one of the leading junior cycling clubs in London throughout the past 12 years, more recently he has been heavily involved in nurturing the skills of young people at Field End Junior School as well as women and girls through Minet Ladies Cycling Club.
Many of the women at Minet – which thrives on a diverse multi-cultural mix – are new to the sport, but Brian has worked hard on getting them into cycling, while developing their skills and interest further though engaging training sessions on a weekly basis. He also instigates more specific training programmes for one-off events which can be competitive events, but are more commonly charity rides or sportive challenges.
Brian, who is a qualified Club Coach Level 2 Road and Time Trial Coach and a Level 2 Track Coach, has been instrumental in starting an after-school cycling club from scratch at Field End and his efforts have helped bring the completion of a 340 metre circuit at the school in October. The track has already been used for inter-school competitions, while Field End itself now has an established Go-Ride after school club.
The completion of the track is by no means the end of Brian’s ambitions with Field End, though, with plans to establish the school as a centre of excellence in place through extending current facilities such as mechanical workshops and changing rooms. The plan is also to open the track to community clubs with the erection of a security fence ensuring school safety is not compromised.
British Cycling’s Coaching, Education and Development Director John Mills, was present at the opening ceremony in October to not only present the school with a Go-Ride Racing jersey signed by several of Great Britain’s top stars, but also congratulate and recognise the efforts of Brian in the development of such a commendable project.
“Everything that Field End Junior School has achieved has to be congratulated,” Mills said.
“The efforts of all involved have been nothing short of remarkable, and they exemplify British Cycling’s ideals for sustainable development in the sport through strengthening school and community links.
“Through Brian’s high-quality coaching and infectious enthusiasm, the pupils are getting an invaluable introduction to our sport that will hopefully stay with them for a long time.”