Youth

Southborough Wheelers Youth

Southborough Wheelers Youth is a welcoming and rapidly growing club with over 40 members. 

About the club

Our membership includes Junior riders (under 18s) and Youth riders (under 16s) with our youngest members joining us at age 7-8 years. We coach basic cycling skills through to more advanced race skills and we have a good mix of boys and girls riding with us throughout the year.

We aim to:

  • Create an inclusive and enjoyable club for members
  • Improve and develop member’s cycle skills, fitness and endurance
  • Promote cycling as a positive lifestyle choice/ primary mode of transport for young people
  • Encourage members to race across all cycle disciplines (road, cyclo-cross, track and MTB)
  • Help to create the club’s future adult membership and active volunteers

Why join a bike club?

The club provides a welcome next step for children and families, who wonder after they learn to ride a bike, what’s next? Southborough Wheelers Youth is a friendly and encouraging environment where we take great delight in seeing our members develop their skills, confidence and develop new friendships often outside of their normal school social circles.  

For many of our members, Southborough Wheelers Youth become a part of their life that brings them fun, confidence, independence, new skills and friendships and a sense of being a valued part of a team that supports and encourages each other. 

We currently have four British Cycling qualified coaches who create a positive and inclusive environment for riders and their families that also incorporates current best practices in cycle coaching for young people. All coaching is provided off road & away from motor traffic. Older more experienced riders can also join Youth road rides during the summer months.

Supporting youth racing

There is no pressure from the club to take the step up to racing but many of our members do, successfully competing in road, cyclocross and mountain bike racing in local leagues. Those who do go onto race build strong bonds with their team mates and typically see significant gains in confidence in their abilities.

Where and when we meet

We meet every Saturday from March through to November. Local sessions meet at Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School on London Road from 09.30. We also have regular sessions at the closed road circuit Cyclopark in Gravesend and track riding at Herne Hill Velodrome in South London.

We are particularly keen to increase membership of younger riders (7-11 years old) as well as more parent helpers. 

Before you start

To begin riding with Southborough Wheelers Youth, children need to have learnt basic cycling skills and have a geared bicycle that is in a good state of repair and is mechanically sound along with a cycle helmet. 

You won’t need cycling-specific clothing to try it out, but when riders decide they want to stay, we recommend getting hold of appropriate kit. High quality Southborough Wheelers cycling kit is available through the club in a range of sizes.

Costs

Annual Youth Membership costs £5 (for under 16s) or £7 (for 16-18 year olds)

Each weekly riding session costs £2 for sessions in Tunbridge Wells and at CycloPark. Herne Hill sessions cost £8

How to join or find out more

Please send us an email at youth@southborough-wheelers.co.ukand we’ll be very happy to advise you on the next steps.

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