Keen to improve your child’s cycle skills or get them into cycle racing? Cardiff JIF run a successful children’s club each Saturday, at Llanishen High School (Cardiff, CF14 5YL) at 2.30pm (Please check Twitter or Facebook for weekly updates and away days). The club has two primary aims; firstly to instill fun and a love of cycling that will last a lifetime and secondly to teach skills that will enable them to develop into excellent all round riders.
We take kids aged 7 – 16 with only a couple of provisos: we’ll take any child that already enjoys cycling and we ask that children turn up with bikes that are capable of being used on or off road (*please see our little guide to cyclo-cross at the bottom of this page). Expect the odd bit of dirt, occasional dampness (this is Britain after all) and lots of smiles. Whilst we promote the sport through the mediums of road, cyclo-cross and mtb racing in particular, the desire to become a race demon is not a pre-requisite (though we’re good at developing them into these). Our current crop of kids include very keen leisure riders and Welsh champs. There’s something for everyone.
To help with ensuring that everything runs smoothly and is safe and enjoyable for both kids and coaches, we have developed a set of guidelines that we work to. We’d appreciate it if you could briefly run through it with your child, particularly if they’re young:
Kids club guidelines
We really, really, really want our kids to learn great skills and have fun at kids club. To help ensure they do, we’ve put together a short set of rules designed to ensure that everyone knows where they stand and gets what they need.
1. We’re here for skills and fun, fun and skills.
2. Always listen to the coaches as they are very wise and sensible and know lots of cycling stuff.
3. Help the other riders in your group when they need it. The best teams are full of team mates!
4. Tell the coach if you don’t understand something or if something bothers you.
5. If a coach spots that a child needs a break, we’ll ask mum or dad to take them to one side while they get the attention they need.
6. Finally……..enjoy your cycling; always.
We believe very strongly in making cycling a sport that is as accessible as possible. So we’ve made our Kids club a low cost activity with membership costing only £10 per annum and sessions £1 per child (payable via an honesty box). If you’d like more information, please get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or download this flyer for distribution: jif kids flyer – pdf .
For regular public updates, follow us on Twitter (see link below). A private Facebook group has also been established and is available for club members.
In the main body of the text, we refer to cyclo-cross, cycling’s winter discipline. We LOVE cyclocross as it represents the perfect blend of road and MTB skills, all delivered in a safe, community based environment. Check out this short video which one of our riders – Evelyn – did as a school project (it may take a short while to load).