KEY ROLE FOR YOUNG CYCLING VOLUNTEER
A volunteer from Helmdon has been selected by British Cycling to become part of a national Youth Forum and play a key role in shaping the future of cycling.
Elizabeth Ruffley, 16, volunteers at A5 Rangers Cycling Club, which is part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme.
She will now join 11 other National Youth Reps from clubs across the country who will focus on developing opportunities for their young peers and providing the chance for others to ride, race and volunteer.
British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme is a network of cycling clubs which provide a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport. The aim of the National Youth Forum is to empower young people who will influence British Cycling initiatives and the future of the programme.
Miss Ruffley will meet the rest of the NYF on a quarterly basis at British Cycling HQ in Manchester. The inaugural session took place on Saturday at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, where the group set out its aims for the upcoming year.
John Mills, British Cycling director of coaching, education and development, said: “It was a very tough application process and we were overwhelmed by the strength of the candidates who put themselves forward for the role.
“Elizabeth has already made a huge impact on cycling in her area through her role as a dedicated volunteer. We are now keen to give her the opportunity to be the voice of youth riders and help to shape the sport.
Miss Ruffley said: ”Being involved with the National Youth Forum will give me the opportunity to encourage more young people to join cycling clubs and have fun whilst they are there.”
For more information about the National Youth Forum and the award for young volunteers, or to get involved with a Go-Ride cycling club in your area, please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk
The Banbury Guardian – 04 July, 2013