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Information for Youth Coaching and Accreditation’s 03 Feb 2019 12:48 #15049

  • Carole Dick
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Here is a link to current velodrome timetable. It is subject to some changes but should give you an idea of what is planned


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Information for Youth Coaching and Accreditation’s 01 Feb 2019 17:08 #15039

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Hi I had a couple of enquiries from members regarding Youth Coaching and Track accreditation. I’ve detailed below some information from the Emirates Arena reagarding Youth Coaching and what the track accreditation involves.

I will post some accreditation dates and continue to explore club track days.
Youth Development Coaching session:

Camp 1- Objective: Sessions will be progressive over a period of 4 weeks, planning towards providing the riders with the knowledge, Skills, confidence and know how to become race ready riders.

Dates(Endurance Focus):

Monday 4th February 2019 6-8pm- Structured training (Hard/Physical training with focus around technique/skill robustness)

Camp 1

Sessions are designed to take newly accredited riders and experienced racing riders to new grounds in skills and physical/hard training. They are progressive so every rider can start at their current level and improve by using their team mates on track and the coaches track side.

Session 1- Session aims- Riders will be able to understand and improve their general track skills, Endurance race specific knowledge on work outs and perform these in training and improve their track craft that can be put into race scenarios.

Session 2- Session aims- Following on from session 1 and progressing. Rider will then experience discipline race specific drills like bunch racing, 6 lap dashes, Derny pacing races and fast race finishes for positioning.

Session 3- Session aims- Riders will have opportunities to put all skills and drills learnt in 1 and 2 into Coach Led Racing. Riders will experience a number of different races with pre and post feedback on how to best utilise situations on track. Riders will have a mini league within the session in which riders can collect points for different drills and race winning moves. Riders will also be given advice on warm ups, warm downs and what to do during the races to best prepare.

Session 4- Session aims- Riders will have the opportunity to display all techniques, drill, skills and positioning work in 1,2 and 3 sessions in a controlled hard physical workout. Riders will be given advice on what sessions are best suited for disciplines and complete these in the session under the coaches eyes. The rider will be given feedback on positions, skills during the efforts to make sure there are maximising their potential.

Track Accreditation

This is the first step for anyone who wants to ride a fixed gear bike on a banked velodrome and as such is the first part of the accreditation process. The coach will take riders through a check list of skills necessary to allow the rider to enter the track and ride on the banked surface safely. If you can peform the skills satisfactorily you will be eligible to progress to the next stage of rider accreditation. If the rider does not perform the required skills or booked only to try they can book as many introductory sessions as they wish.


The second of the four accreditation sessions is designed to move the rider into group riding on the track and allows them to become more independent. Again the coach will require the rider to demonstrate a series of skills including those listed in the introduction session before moving on to the next step.

Skills covered will include accelerating in and out of the saddle and completing a track tour.​


Advanced skills are taught in this session and the rider must demonstrate a certain level of fitness, 30 minutes riding with a group. Skills included in this session include riding in close proximity to other riders and an Italian pursuit race.


This is the minimum required to allow riders to take part in open sessions, structured training, competition, bunch races and track leagues.

All skills listed in previous sessions must be demonstrated to the coach who will assess whether a rider is safe to enter the track as an accredited rider, capable of entering structured training and competition.​

Sessions can be booked up to 31 days in advance.

Bookings can be made online, via the App or over the phone at the Emirates Arena on 0141 287 7000 during centre opening hours.

Due to the high demand for spaces, the fairest way to allocate places is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so please check the app for upcoming sessions and book your space as soon as the session opens.

When you come along to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the first time, you will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire*, and to read through and sign our Code of Conduct**. These documents are part of a number of measures we will be bringing in to improve your experience, and health and safety in the facility. The forms take a short time to fill in, and you will be required to complete before accessing the track, so please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your session is due to start. If you do not arrive 30 minutes prior to the session start time, please be advised that you may not be able to take part in the class.

For those under 16, a parent or guardian will be required to counter-sign, so please ensure that an adult is present for your first session.

*A sample of the health questionnaire you will be asked to fill in can be found here and should be looked through prior to you coming to the venue. If you have any concerns and are ticking any of the following boxes:
Recent Surgery
Faint and Dizzy spells
You must see your GP and bring with you written confirmation that they are satisfied that you are able to take part in the activity.
Hope this helps and I will get the dates for the various Accreditation levels for the next few months and publish them on the forum.

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