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Eastlands Velo and Sportcity Velo are youth/junior cycling clubs based at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Our main activity is track cycling, though we also do mountain biking, closed circuit racing and cyclo cross. We run weekly track sessions for first-claim club members at the Manchester velodrome (National Cycling Centre) for youth and junior riders from beginner level upwards.  Our current membership includes 2017 double - World Para-Cycling Track Champion Matt Rotherham (Tandem Pilot - Kilo and Sprint with James Ball) and over the years our members have included Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny (2008 Team Sprint Gold, 2012 match sprint & team sprint Golds and 2016 Team Sprint, Individual Sprint & Keirin Golds), Steven Burke (2012 & 2016 team pursuit Golds), and Simon and Adam Yates (road race stars from the Tour of Turkey and the Tour de France). Jason joined the club in 2000, and Steven arrived in 2002. Both moved on to Sportcity Velo, winning national titles there and then on to the British Cycling talent programme.  Twin brothers Simon and Adam joined the club in 2004, and both made their mark in major road races in 2014; they are currently riding for the Orica-BikeExchange cycling team. This year Adam became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France's white jersey as best young rider, finishing in fourth place in the overall classification. In all, eight former Eastlands Velo riders are now in the GB Team - details on the GB Team page of the BC website.

Beginners – Everyone starts at our Monday evening beginners session, which is also open to non-members. This is for riders from 10 to 15 years of age and runs every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 6pm to 7pm.

It is for all riders who are new to track cycling or who haven’t previously ridden on an Eastlands Velo session. The aim at this level is to teach riders the basic skills and techniques they need to ride safely and confidently with others on the track. The session focuses on riders learning these bike-handling skills in a fun and supportive environment, then getting the chance to progress to track racing and more advanced skills on our Saturday session. To advance a rider from Monday to Saturday, the coaches need to be sure that he or she has developed the necessary skills, awareness and fitness. Coaches will monitor each rider’s progress and assess them for Saturdays. Cyclists join the Monday session at different levels of ability, fitness and experience, so it is impossible to say how long it will be before someone is ready for this first accreditation, but normally we would expect a rider to complete at least four Monday sessions before being accredited. Please remember that we cannot guarantee a rider will always be ready to progress after four sessions. If you think you need more practice then try the velodrome's own youth sessions http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/track/young-riders-upto-15yrs/

It costs £5.20 (Discounted to £4.20 for Manchester residents*) to ride the one hour session, and this includes bike and helmet hire. Places are limited and must be booked and paid for in advance.

Monday bookings

We are taking bookings for our Monday beginners sessions from September through Christmas.

To book on, you must first complete and submit the Monday registration form, which will then lead you through to the booking calendar and payment page. Thanks. (The form is on cognitoforms.com, so you will leave eastlandsvelo.com.)

Intermediate – Once riders have learned basic track cycling skills on Mondays, the next step is our Saturday morning session. Saturday and Wednesdays are Club sessions and in order to take part in these you need to be a first claim member of either Eastlands or Sportcity Velo. If you are a British Cycling member you will need to get your licence amended to show Eastlands/Sportcity as your first claim club.  The Saturday session runs from 8am to 11am; it aims to develop a rider's track cycling ability, including the skills and confidence needed to race competitively and safely. Progression through the Saturday sessions leads to full Track Accreditiation, enabling youth riders to take part in track racing leagues, such as the ACT Monday night track league. While the emphasis is on developing track cycling skills, riders must also have an appropriate level of physical fitness. Regular participation in the sessions will help develop this but we advise riders to take part in regular cycling activity away from the track in order to build fitness to start racing. While we do not provide individual coaching our club coaches are always happy to advise riders and parents on appropriate training. Please note that the maximum gear allowed on our Saturday session is 81" (6.45m or Youth B).

The fee for Saturday and Wednesday sessions is £10 (Discounted to £8 for Manchester residents*), bike hire included. Before you come to this session, you must have completed the Monday beginner’s course.

Advanced – Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. Invitation only for first-claim riders who are actively competing, progressing from Saturdays. Wednesday sessions are challenging right from the warm-up and teach riders advanced techniques and develop fitness and stamina. Wednesday sessions are often targeted at specific skills, for example sprint sessions or Madison racing. Riders should be taking part in other regular cycling activity in order to develop their all round fitness. These sessions are restricted to fully accredited riders, subject to invitation by the club coaches. As with Saturday sessions, the fee is £10 (discounted to £8 for Manchester residents*).

Bikes - Riders are welcome to use their own track bikes at Eastlands Velo sessions, or to use one of the NCC Dolan bikes.  Eastlands Velo also has a limited number of bikes which can be allocated to riders at Coaches' discretion, to take part in racing events after they have completed Track Accreditation.  Any rider wishing to take any bike onto the track which they have not previously ridden, should speak to Eastlands Velo Coaches beforehand.  Please remember, track bikes are not legal or safe to use on the road, without a properly functioning front brake.  For information on track bike specification or BC gearing restrictions, please see Useful Documents.

*Manchester residents include any household who pay council tax to Manchester City Council.

Eastlands Velo Club Clothing Supplier - Force GB

Code of Conduct for Young People 

Code of Conduct for Parents / Carers and Other Supporters 

Eastlands Velo Club Constitution 

Safety Infomation for Riders and Parents (NCC Document)

For information on track sessions for over 15s or for other youth cycling sessions, visit http://nationalcyclingcentre.com.

Track photos coutesy of Alan Croston.

Contact Us

Please send all enquiries to the club Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Code of Conduct for Parents / Carers and Other Supporters

As a parent/carer of a member of the club, you are expected to abide by the following code by:

  • Informing the coach of any specific health requirements or medical conditions of your child in advance of the coaching session by completion of a Club Membership form or a Parental Consent form
  • Advising the coach if your child has to leave early or is being collected by someone other than a parent/carer, giving details of the arrangement including who will be collecting your child, when and at what time
  • Encouraging your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discouraging unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Helping your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Setting a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never punishing or abusing a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accepting officials’ judgments and teaching children to do likewise
  • Supporting your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Using correct and proper language at all times. This also applies to the use of social media and the internet
  • Remembering that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours
  • Supporting all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion
  • Showing appreciation and respect for coaches, officials and administrators. Remember, without them, your child could not participate
  • Supporting the coaching methods used by Eastlands Velo, as advised by British Cycling. Individual and prescriptive coaching is not advised for the under 16 age groups.
  • Not submitting a press release about a single rider or child which relates to their participation with Eastlands Velo, or relates to other riders in Eastlands Velo unless reviewed by a member of the Club Commitee.

The committee may ask you to leave the session or club if you do not abide by this code of conduct

Code of Conduct for Young People

As a member of the club you are expected to abide by the following code by:

  • Arriving for training and competition in good time to prepare properly

  • Wearing suitable kit (including a helmet) and clothing for all cycling activity sessions, as agreed with the coach

  • Maintaining your equipment in a good and safe working condition that is safe for yourself and does not represent a hazard to others.

  • Warming up and cooling down properly on all occasions

  • Playing within the rules and respecting officials and all their decisions

  • Being a good sport by applauding all good performances, whether they are made by your club or the opposition

  • Controlling your temper. Verbal or written abuse of coaches, officials and other riders, or deliberately distracting/provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour.

  • Using correct and proper language at all times. This also applies to the use of social media and the internet

  • Treating all participants in cycling as you like to be treated - not bullying or taking unfair advantage of another participant

  • Working equally hard for yourself and your club. Remember, your club’s performance will benefit, and so will you

  • Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion

  • Paying any fees promptly

  • Abiding by the rule that junior and youth members are not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on NCC premises or whilst representing the club

  • Cooperating with your coach, club-mates and opponents. Remember, without them there would be no competition

  • Thanking coaches after training, officials and opponents after competition

  • Taking part in the structured coaching program provided by Eastlands Velo: from group training, structured coaching and group prescribed training
  • Acting as an ambassador of Eastlands Velo at all times. Our reputation and that of our members is important to us all

The committee may ask you to leave the session or club if you do not abide by this code of conduct

Monday beginners sessions

Our beginners sessions run on Mondays and are for young people 10 to 15 years of age. Their aim is to enable young cyclists to try out track cycling, learn some basic skills and have the opportunity to progress further. Riders can progress from Mondays to our intermediate session (Saturdays, 8–11am), where they can learn more skills, develop cycling fitness and begin track racing.

The beginners session is from 6–7pm every Monday, apart from Bank Holidays and days cancelled because of events at the velodrome. Places must be booked and paid for in advance and cost £5.20 per session (£4.20 for Manchester City Council area residents with proof of address). The price includes bike and helmet hire.

We recommend booking four sessions to start. If the rider progresses to Saturdays without using up all four, we can apply the remaining session fees toward an intermediate session (which requires first-claim club membership). If the rider needs more Mondays to progress, then you can book a further four.

We encourage riders to move up to Saturdays as soon as possible as Mondays are for beginners only and demand for places can be high.

The sessions are coached by experienced and qualified track cycling coaches, and there is a maximum of 15 beginners on each session. The only other cyclists on the track will be experienced club members riding to assist the beginners.

Please come prepared for the session. Riders must wear appropriate clothing, such as close-fitting tops and tights with arms and legs fully covered. Cycling shoes are available for hire for an additional 50p; otherwise please wear trainers. Avoid eating in the two hours prior to the session, and bring plenty to drink—not fizzy drinks. Riders must be able to ride a bike before booking on to a session and should have a reasonable level of fitness as the beginners session can include cycling for up to 15 minutes continuously.

The Monday beginners session is an open one for 10- to 15-year-olds, but our Saturday intermediate and Wednesday advanced sessions are club sessions, and you will need to join either Eastlands Velo or Sportcity Velo as a first-claim member to take part in them. Any 10- to 15-year-old experienced track cyclists who are interested in joining the club and riding on our track sessions will still need to complete an initial assessment at a Monday session.

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Rider Information

Medical Concerns

If you have any concerns about engaging in physical activity, please consult your GP before taking part in cycling sessions. In the event of an injury or illness during a session, Eastlands Velo/Sportcity Velo will take all reasonable steps to reach the designated emergency contact and address the situation appropriately.

Photography and Video

Eastlands Velo, Sportcity Velo and British Cycling may take photographs and shoot video footage at club and Go-Ride events. We may use these images as a coaching resource (for example, for rider feedback), post them on the club websites and include them in general publicity material. British Cycling may also place them on its website and present them during coach-education courses. We will not publish your or your child’s name unless you have granted your permission.

Safety Precautions

We take reasonable steps to establish a safe environment where young people can enjoy developing their cycling skills. Riders participate in cycling sessions under the instruction of British Cycling–qualified coaches. They do so entirely at their own risk and accept full and sole responsibility for their own safety. Eastlands Velo and Sportcity Velo cannot be held responsible for any accident, loss or injury during sessions. Parents and guardians agree to consider the nature of such sessions and discuss them with their children.

Equipment and Environment
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child’s bike is safe to ride.
  • Riders must wear a correctly fitting cycling helmet and track mitts while cycling.
  • Cycling sessions for children younger than 12 will take place at a traffic-free facility. We may invite older riders to sessions on the public highway, but only when the coaches deem them sufficiently responsible, capable and fit.
Supervision
  • Parents and guardians are welcome but not required to watch sessions.
  • We expect riders to attend sessions from beginning to end. Parents and guardians: If your child must leave early and/or with someone other than you, you must tell club staff the details of the arrangement, including who will be collecting the rider.
  • The club will inform parents and guardians of members under 18 of club activities (including scheduling and transport details). Email to these members will be copied to the designated parent or guardian.
Conduct
  • We require sporting conduct from all riders.
  • We will exclude from the session any riders who persistently misbehave or put others in danger.
  • Obscene and/or offensive language is strictly forbidden.

Your Privacy

Eastlands Velo and Sportcity Velo respect your privacy. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, we will hold your personal details in secure electronic and physical storage and use the information solely for the purposes of club administration, such as telling you about events and opportunities and processing membership subscriptions and bookings. Within the club, your data will be available to committee members only, and we will not share it with third parties without your permission. We will retain it while you are a member and for three years after the expiration of your membership. Upon request, we will provide a summary of any personal data we hold. To obtain this summary, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastlands Velo Club Constitution

Eastlands Velo

 

Club Constitution

 

The club shall be called "Eastlands Velo" and will be affiliated to British Cycling.

 

The aims and objectives of the club will be:

  • To offer coaching and competitive opportunities in cycling.
  • To promote the club within the local community and cycling.
  • To manage the club facilities.
  • To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.
  • To support the cycling development programmes of Manchester City Council and the Velodrome Trust.
  • To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.
  • To ensure that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment.

 

Membership

Membership should consist of officers and members of the club.  All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct that the club has adopted.

 

Members will be adopted in one of the following categories:

            a) Full (1st Claim) member                  b) 2nd claim member.

 

Membership fees will be set annually and agreed by the committee or determined at the annual general meeting.

            Fees shall be paid by annual subscription by January 31st.

 

Officers of the club will be:

                        Chairman

                        Honorary Secretary

                        Treasurer

                        Head Coach

                        Welfare Officer

  • Officers will be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.
  • All officers will retire each year, but will be eligible for re-election.

 

Committee

            The club will be managed through the Management Committee consisting of:

                        1. Chairman

                        2. Secretary

                        3. Treasurer

                        4. Head Coach

                        5. Welfare Officer

                        6. Lady Coach

                        7. All other coaches

Only these posts will have the right to vote at meetings of the Management Committee.

 

The Management Committee will be convened by the Secretary of the club and held no less than 3 times per year.

  • The quorum required for business to be agreed at Management Committee meetings will be 4.
  • The Management Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of conduct and rules that effect the organisation of the club.
  • The Management Committee will have the powers to appoint sub-committees as necessary to fulfill its business.
  • The Management Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules / regulations / constitution.
  • The Management Committee will be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following such hearing.

 

Finance

  • All club monies will be banked in an account held in the name of the club.
  • The Club Treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the club.
  • An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Any cheque drawn against club funds should hold the signatures of the Club Treasurer plus one other officer.

 

Annual General Meeting

  • Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be given by the Club Secretary, not less than 21 days' clear notice to be given to all members.
  • The AGM will reeve a report from the officer of the Management Committee and a statement of audited accounts.
  • Nominations for officers of the Management Committee will be sent the Secretary prior to the AGM.
  • Election of officers is to take place at the AGM.
  • All members have a right to vote at the AGM.
  • The quorum of AGMs will be 20.
  • The Management Committee has the right to call Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) outside the AGM.  Procedures for EGMs will be the same as for the AGM.

 

Discipline and appeals

  • All complaints regarding members should be submitted in writing to the Secretary.
  • The Management committees will meet within 10 days of the complaint being lodged.
  • The committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership.
  • The outcome of a disciplinary hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 5 days of the hearing.
  • There will be a right of appeal to the Management Committee following disciplinary action be announced.
  • The committee should consider the appeal within 5 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.

 

Dissolution

  • A resolution to dissolve the club can only be passed at an AGM or EGM through a majority vote of the membership.
  • In the event of dissolution, any asset of the club that remain will become the property of British Cycling, OR some club with similar objectives to those of the club.

 

Amendments to the constitution

  • The constitution will only be changed through agreement by majority vote at an AGM or EGM.

 

Declaration

EASTLANDS VELO herby adopts and accepts this constitution as a current operating guide regulating the action of members.

 

CLUB CHAIR                                                       Signed___________________

 

                                                                              Date_____________________

 

CLUB SECRETARY                                            Signed___________________

 

                                                                                    Date_____________________ 

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