Governing body wants to keep people engaged with sport as they grow older

British Cycling, which last week launched a campaign to get 1 million more women cycling by 2020, is also focusing on younger people, announcing today that it has set up a National Youth Forum to help keep young people engaged with cycling – and it has launched an appeal for volunteers aged between 16 and 24 to participate in it.

Outlining the initiative, the governing body says:

If you love cycling and are committed to ensuring that young people remain involved in the sport, then this is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the National Governing Body and have an influence on the issues that impact grass roots sport, and to gain valuable experience.

The aim of the initiative is to empower young people to develop opportunities for their peers, providing the chance to ride, race and volunteer beyond the age of 16.

British Cycling are looking to recruit a group of eight to12 volunteers aged between 16-24, who would like to represent other young people and ensure their voice is heard. Knowledge and understanding of the issues that their peers face, along with an understanding of current programmes available for young people in cycling is important for someone to take on the role.

British Cycling is always investigating new ways to get young people involved in cycling. British Cycling would like young people to drive this next stage of development and the establishment of the National Youth Forum is an important part of beginning that process.

Andrew Chaston, development manager for clubs and volunteers at British Cycling, said: “It is vital that young people have a say in the direction of cycling’s future. We want them to drive this project and create new opportunities for both themselves and their peers in what is an unprecedented period of popularity for cycling.

“Working in conjunction with our Go-Ride and Young Volunteer programmes, it will be an opportunity for them to enhance their team building and leadership skills which will stand them in great stead in the future.

“We want young people to have a voice and by holding the forums, we hope to empower our young volunteers with some genuine influence in order to build a better sport.”

For further information, email andrewchaston [at] britishcycling.org.uk.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.