RUFFLEY READY TO HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF CYCLING IN BRITAIN
A young volunteer from Brackley gained a position on British Cycling’s National Youth Forum and will play a key role in shaping the future of cycle sport.
Elizabeth Ruffley, 17, is currently a volunteer at A5 Rangers Cycling Club, which is part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme.
She will join 11 other representatives from clubs across the country who will focus on developing opportunities for their 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.
This will be Ruffley’s second year on the forum, as part of her initial role, she focused on getting more women involved in cycling.
She will meet on a quarterly basis with British Cycling and the rest of the National Youth Forum. The first session took place at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre where the group set out the aims for the upcoming year.
John Mills, British Cycling director of coaching, education and development, said: Elizabeth has made a real difference to the development of cycling last year and we will undoubtedly see her take this forward in her role on the National Youth Forum throughout the next 12 months.”
Ruffley said: “Getting more young people involved in cycling is excellent. The Go-Ride programme has been running for a number of years, and this has provided a fantastic opportunity to ask the participants what they want.”
Laura Trott, a world champion, said ”Without support from the volunteers at my Go-Ride Club, it’s possible I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are all doing a fantastic job and are making a real difference to the sport.”
The Banbury Guardian 03 July, 2014